Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
One of the jobs of a Vancouver truck crash law firm is to teach clients how to avoid (or at least minimize) future dangers.
The web is awash with boilerplate advice about how to avoid truck accidents. However, you do not want pabulum. You want to take safety to the next level to minimize your chances of another highway calamity. Here are three tips to “supercharge” your safety expertise:
Standard Safety Tip #1: Give trucks lots of following room to minimize tailgating accidents.
Supercharge this tip: Minimize the amount of time you spend on the roads near trucks.
Leaving a big space cushion is useful.
However, truck accident prevention is ultimately a game of statistics. The less time you spend on the roads, the better. For instance, instead of driving long distances on the freeways to see your parents, consider flying there. Do this for the next ten years and you could save tens of thousands of miles of travel—drastically improving your safety odds.
Standard Safety Tip #2: Avoid driving when you are fatigued, under the influence of alcohol, angry, or distracted by a cell phone or mobile device.
Supercharge this safety tip: Minimize all distractions—even minor ones—especially when you are passing a truck or engaging in a difficult maneuver.
Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of fatal crashes in British Columbia and beyond.
If less distraction is good, then why not minimize distraction? Manage your attention. Avoid getting lost in thought, sidetracked by conversation, or overly pumped by the music from your stereo. Focus on the road—especially around trucks.
Standard Safety Tip #3: Make sure roads are in good shape before you drive.
Supercharge this safety tip: Make sure roads and your vehicle are in optimal condition before you drive.
There are many variables on the road that you cannot control. You cannot control the weather. You cannot control whether a trucker has had too much to drink or has popped a handful of methamphetamine. However, you can control your own preparation.
Make sure your car is equipped for the weather and tuned up. Stow an emergency kit as well. You never know when and where disaster will strike.
For help picking up the pieces after your crash, contact a Vancouver truck accident attorney at McComb Witten. The number is 604-255-9018 and the case evaluation is free. You may also wish to download a copy of our free report entitled Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim.
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