In 2011, there were 2,860 accidents that involved either a large commercial truck or a bus which resulted in some type of injury. There were 112 truck accidents involving injuries in Greensboro and 65 crashes were in Winston-Salem. Accidents between a large commercial vehicle and the average passenger car can often have tragic and catastrophic consequences, due in large part to the size discrepancy between the two vehicles involved.
Many car vs. truck accidents are a direct result of passenger vehicle driving errors, although many would assume that most truck wrecks are caused by the negligence of the trucker. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident that was caused by the actions or negligence of a passenger driver, you may be able to file a lawsuit in order to recover compensation for losses from the wreck, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages incurred from the wreck.
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Common Passenger Vehicle Driving Errors
It is important for North Carolina motorists to be aware of the common errors that passenger vehicle drivers commit that could lead to a potentially devastating truck accident on Winston-Salem or Greensboro roads. Some of the most common driving errors include failing to use indicators, reckless driving in bad weather conditions, improper lane changes, driving with one hand on the steering wheel, tailgating and driving in blind spots.
Failure to Use Indicators
When changing lanes or making turns, it is critical that a driver signals their intentions early and often when sharing the road with a large truck. By indicating their intentions, the truck driver has enough time to slow down or stop to avoid a rear-end collision.
Reckless Driving in Bad Weather Conditions
Adverse weather conditions, such as fog, snow and rain, can decrease a truck driver’s visibility. The lack of visibility can affect their ability to react in the event of an emergency. Slick highways and road conditions can make it even more difficult for trucks to brake quickly. It is important for drivers to allow enough distance between their truck and a large commercial vehicle in bad weather conditions.
Improper Lane Changes
When passing a truck, it is important for drivers to allow enough time to change lanes in order to prevent a side-impact accident or a rear-end collision with the truck. On average, it takes approximately 30 seconds to pass a large truck that is traveling at highway speeds. Drivers should increase their speed slightly and keep at a consistent speed, until they are able to change lanes. It is crucial that they are able to see a truck’s grill in their rearview mirror before changing lanes.
Driving with One Hand on the Steering Wheel
It’s important to have both hands on the steering wheel when passing a large truck. Garbage trucks, tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles have the ability to create wind gusts, and if you pass a truck with one hand on the steering wheel, there is a risk that your vehicle will get hit by the wind gust, causing you to swerve into other lanes of traffic and potentially crashing into other vehicles.
Driving in Blind Spots
Also known as “No-Zones,” blind spots can be extremely dangerous. Cars are not visible to the trucker when they are riding in the truck’s No-Zone. Approximately 33 percent of all car vs. truck accidents happen when the passenger vehicle is driving in the truck’s blind spot. If you are unable to see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then he or she is unable to see you.
One of the truck’s largest blind spots is directly behind the trailer. Many drivers fail to realize that due to a truck’s size and weight, they are unable to brake as quickly as other vehicles on the road. If a driver is tailgating a truck and the truck is forced to stop suddenly, the driver runs a high risk of being involved in a rear-end accident or a deadly underride collision.
Contact an Experienced North Carolina Auto Accident Attorney
Driving defensively and avoiding these passenger errors can reduce your chances of being injured in a truck accident; however, sometimes an accident is unavoidable. If you or a loved one was injured in a North Carolina truck accident caused by no fault of your own, we believe that you deserve both compassion and compensation for your condition.
With offices in Greensboro and Winston-Salem, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of any North Carolina resident who has been injured in a truck accident, regardless if the cause was passenger vehicle error or truck driver negligence.
The lawyers at Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys understands the complexities involved in a commercial vehicle accident claim, as there are many people or entities that could be held accountable for the wreck.
We believe that every Winston-Salem or Greensboro personal injury victim deserves access to legal counsel, regardless of their financial status. To ensure this, our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our attorneys, there is never any cost to you until we obtain a favorable outcome for your claim.
If you are unsure if you have reason to file a truck accident claim, do not hesitate to contact our lawyers to schedule a free, initial case evaluation. During an evaluation, one of our truck accident attorneys will assess the merits of your claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal and financial recourse for your condition.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to North Carolina truck accident injury victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Review form to the left.