If you live in Gwinnett County, driving around large commercial trucks is an unavoidable part of life. Whether you take to the road in the morning, the evening, or in the middle of the night, you will be driving around semis, tractor-trailers, car carriers, and other large vehicles that can cause devastating accidents.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of getting into an accident with a large commercial truck, starting with staying out of the “no zones” around them. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the no zones around trucks are large blind spots that motorists should avoid whenever possible.
Some safety tips provided by the agency include:
- Be aware of the fact that commercial vehicles have large blind spots on all sides.
- Be extremely careful when passing and being passed by large vehicles like buses and trucks.
- Keep out of blind spots when a large vehicle is backing up, changing lanes, or turning.
- Large trucks and buses need more distance behind them to see trailing vehicles. If you are unable to see the driver in his or her side mirror, the driver is unable to see you.
What Should You Do if You Are Involved in an Accident With a Large Commercial Truck?
Sometimes, accidents happen even under the best of circumstances. In the event that you are injured in a commercial truck accident even while you are avoiding the no zones, there are certain things that you should do to protect your legal rights.
- Collect information about your accident – After an accident, you should collect as much information as you possibly can about the way it occurred and the people involved in it. Because a commercial vehicle was involved, you should not only get the name of the truck driver but the name of the trucking company that he or she was working for.
- Seek medical attention – You should always seek medical attention after a truck accident, even if you think your injuries will just get better on their own. This step is important for two reasons. First, you can get the medical attention you need. Second, so that there is an official record detailing your injuries that you can show to the insurance company when you are making a claim.
- Call an attorney as soon as you can – Finally, you should call an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as you can. Waiting to start your claim can hurt your chances of getting the compensation to which you are entitled under Georgia law.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Call a Gwinnett County, Georgia, Truck Accident Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
If you have suffered injuries in a truck accident in Gwinnett County or the surrounding areas, you should contact a lawyer as soon as you can. Attorney David Brauns will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and will never collect legal fees unless he successfully recovers compensation on your behalf. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Brauns, call our office today at (404) 348-0889 or contact us online.