Truck Driving Maneuvers That Put Venice Motorists In Danger
Commercial trucks are necessary in the modern world. They transport goods all across the United States and help keep the economy thriving, but a lot of that truck traffic is right here on Interstate 75 all across the suncoast. However, if you've ever been in an accident with one of the vehicles, you might not think they're all that great, particularly if injuries and damages became part of the equation. When people are seriously hurt in truck accidents caused by negligence, they often have the grounds to seek compensation for their damages.
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So, why do truck accidents happen so often around Venice and elsewhere? Obviously, the answer to this will vary on a case-by-case basis. However, the following are some maneuvers tractor-trailer operators may make that could put you and your loved ones in danger.
Changing Traffic Lanes
In the United States, 72 feet is the average length of a big rig. That means drivers must be able to move these massive machines from one 10-foot lane to another without running over a vehicle. As you can conceive, that is sometimes easier said than done on a good day. Hence, just imagine if a driver was drowsy or distracted in some way. That can make the task nearly impossible. So, just be careful when a tractor-trailer is nearby. If you keep your head on a swivel and react to situations promptly, hopefully, you'll avoid being involved in a truck accident.
Passing On The Left Or Right
On occasion, drivers feel as if they need to go faster, and the people in front of them just will not comply. Then, these individuals put the pedal to the metal and go around. Providing those motorists take this action where it is legal, and they do it when it's safe, all is usually well. However, on occasion, people don't give themselves enough room and collisions occur. Due to the average length of a tractor-trailer in the United States, it's easy to see how an eighteen-wheeler attempting to pass someone could be dangerous.
Risky U-Turns On Busy Streets
Have you ever seen a truck driver miss their turn, only to make a u-turn in the middle of the road to go back? If not, just keep your eyes peeled on East Venice Avenue, North Tamiami Trail, and other places, and that is sure to change. Perhaps an operator's GPS steers them wrong or their map reading skills aren't quite what they once were. It doesn't matter what happens, a trucker should never take an illegal and risky u-turn on a busy street because that could cause a catastrophe. Yet, this happens all the time, unfortunately. So, if you see a tractor-trailer making a u-turn, give them plenty of space to ensure you don't become an accident statistic.
Have you been injured in an accident because of a truck driver or trucking company's negligence? If that's the case, you may be entitled to fair compensation for your damages. Want to find out? Contact us to schedule a free evaluation with a truck accident attorney. They'll be more than happy to help you determine where your claim stands and fight for the compensation you deserve.