When Truck Accidents Are on the Increase, We Need to Increase Our Truck Safety IQ

Chris Searcy, of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA in West Palm Beach, FL, writes of how dangerous sharing the road with big rigs can be, and what citizens can do to practice defensive driving. This information, published in TruckAccident Magazine, includes valuable details the public should know. Here is an excerpt from that article:

The latest truck crash figures (2010) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proved bad news for Americans who use our streets and highways to get to their jobs, take their children to school, and run everyday errands. There were 3,675 people killed in crashes with big trucks in 2010, and another 80,000 people were injured – 6,000 more than were injured in the previous year. This means that, despite government regulations and grassroots efforts to improve trucking safety, we are all at riskof being killed or injured in a large truck crash. 

One thing we can do, however, is practice defensive driving:

1. Stay out of a trucker’s “blind spot.”

2. Avoid passing on the right.

3. Give a large truck more space in bad weather.

4. Never cut off a truck in order to change lanes or reach an exit.

5. Most important, we can make sure that our own vehicle is in good repair; that as drivers we are not impaired by alcohol, drugs or fatigue; and that everyone is buckled up, front seat and back.

Read this article and others like it at TruckAccidentMagazine.com. Call Lori Tepper at APITLAmerica today at 888-772-4852, to learn more about TruckAccident Magazine.  Also, learn more about putting the brakes on unsafe trucking companies online at http://www.apitlamerica.com – APITLA is serving America’s truck accident victims.

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