Many Florida car accidents involving trucks occur simply because a motorist failed to provide enough room for a truck. Trucks need more room to maneuver because they turn wide and because they take longer to stop. While many drivers know that they need to give trucks more room, however, they do not always realize exactly how to provide a safe amount of room.
For example, many people assume that being behind a tractor-trailer is risky and therefore try to pass the truck. In fact, this is not always the case. As long as a driver leaves plenty of room behind the truck, experts say, being behind the truck may actually be safer. If a car is traveling in front of a truck and needs to stop suddenly, the truck behind the car may simply not have enough time to stop, causing a read-end collision.
The very process of passing a truck to get in front of it can be more dangerous than simply dropping back and following behind a tractor-trailer. In fact, many Florida truck accidents occur when a car attempts to pass a truck. In order to pass a truck, you must often speed up considerably in order to pass, and this alone may be dangerous. As well, you must pass the truck’s blind spots in order to pass, which means that for some time while you are passing, the truck driver will not be able to see you.
Finally, many experts believe that in Florida truck accidents caused by passing, a driver often passes a truck incorrectly. The most common mistake, according to experts, is pulling out too quickly in front of a truck after passing. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that a tractor-trailer traveling at 55 miles per hour has an average stopping distance of 196 feet, compared to 133 feet for a standard car. When a car pulls out in front of a truck too quickly, the truck may not be able to stop in time to prevent an accident.
Of course, there are times when you will need to pass a truck. If a truck is traveling slower than you are or if a truck is driving in bad weather and flinging precipitation onto your windshield, you will want to pass. To prevent a Florida truck accident, pass when it is safe to do so and when the truck is traveling at a slow enough pace so that you can pass without speeding considerably. Pass quickly, without staying in the truck’s blind spots. When you pass the truck, wait for some distance before pulling in front of the truck. Give yourself considerably more space than you would with a car.
If you have been in a Florida truck accident, arrange for a free, on-obligation consultation with the Flaxman Law Group to discuss your case. The compassionate and experienced legal team of the Flaxman Law Group is always only a phone call away. The Flaxman Law Group has already helped thousands of Florida truck accident and personal injury victims in Homestead, Hollywood, Miami, and the surrounding South Florida community. Contact us today to find out how the Flaxman Law Group may help you.