Tips in Avoiding a Truck Accident in Austin

A semi-truck or trailer-truck is massive in size and weight in comparison to a normal size automobile. If you are driving a car, and you have an accident with a large truck, your chance of incurring catastrophic personal injury is very high.

Some truck accidents are unavoidable, unfortunately. However, there are a few tips you can follow when you are sharing the road with trucks in Austin. These include:

  1. Maintain a safe distance from the front of the truck. Do not cut in front of a truck if you are still within three to four car links past the truck. Large trucks take much longer than cars to come to a stop.
  2. Drive your vehicle where the truck driver can see you. Semi-trucks have large blind spots and may pull over into your lane if the driver cannot see you. A good rule to remember is if you cannot see the truck driver’s reflection in the truck’s side-view mirrors, chances are the truck driver cannot see you or your car.
  3. In the event that a large truck is tailgating you, make every effort to change lanes or distance your car from the truck. Tailgating is an extremely unsafe way for a truck driver to drive.
  4. Rainy weather and fog create hazards for all vehicles, but can be far more hazardous for a semi-truck. Use your most cautious driving skills when driving closely to a large truck in poor weather.

Austin Personal Injury Attorney

Trucks cause a multitude of wrecks in Austin and surrounding communities. If you have suffered a personal injury in a truck accident, one of your first steps should be calling Shaw Cowart LLP. Our truck accident specialists know the laws pertaining to the trucking industry in Texas. We want to help you receive the best settlement possible. Contact us today for a free consultation.