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Tractor-Trailer Accidents

If you’ve been watching the news lately, then you’ve probably realized just how dangerous colliding with a tractor-trailer on the interstate can be.  Here are some tips for avoiding a collision with a tractor-trailer:

First, do not drive beside the truck for extended periods of time.  Tractor-trailers are large and they have many blind spots.  If you are beside the truck, then it may be difficult for the driver to see you.  Second, stay patient with truck drivers.

Many truck drivers do drive aggressively and push the laws of the road, but if a truck driver is riding very closely behind you, then just get out of his/her way.  A collision with a tractor-trailer could be fatal because you vehicle is designed to keep you safe from other normal vehicles, not tractor-trailer.  Third, tractor-trailers have tire blow outs on a fairly regular basis.  As a result, you need to maintain a good distance behind tractor-trailers when driving down the Interstate and try not to ride beside the tractor-trailer for extended periods of time.

If you are in a collision with a tractor-trailer, call 911 immediately so that your injuries and the injuries of others will be addressed. Next, remove your vehicle from the road.  When the police officer(s) arrive, answer all of their questions truthfully, and remember to ask all other witnesses for contact information before leaving the scene.  Finally, contact your insurance agency and bring them the appropriate paper work.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a tractor-trailer accident, then contact McWhirter, Bellinger, & Associates.