One of the most common actions we all take when driving on highways is to change lanes or merge lanes. Unfortunately, lane-changing and merging are among the most common types of accidents involving big trucks.
One study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that more than four out of every 10 crashes between big commercial trucks and small passenger vehicles involved lane-changing or merging. Yet most commercial motor companies consider just about all lane-changing and merging accidents to be preventable as long as drivers follow procedures in which they were trained.
Commercial truck drivers receive specific training on lane-changing and merging because moving a big 18-wheeler from one lane to another is not as simple as doing so with a car, light truck or SUV. A key reason is that the big rigs have blind spots on both their right and left sides. Despite that, it is the responsibility of each truck driver to manage the space around the truck and avoid operating blindly while moving from one lane to another. A big truck should change lanes only when it is necessary and only after signaling the intent to other drivers, reducing speed, carefully checking truck mirrors and evaluating the space in front of the truck and in the lane being entered.
Despite those recommended precautions, accidents still occur. When they do, the trucking companies are prepared to defend themselves with skilled legal representation. If you are involved in such an accident with a big truck, you also need skilled legal representation to protect your rights and ensure you receive appropriate compensation.
Consider calling leaders in the field, such as Stewart Bell, PLLC, of Charleston, which has successfully represented many people in cases of accidents involving trucks. The initial consultation is free, and Stewart Bell, PLLC, gets paid only if the case is successful. We are available around the clock, seven days a week. Call us toll-free at 800-342-1701.