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A Vancouver Truck Accident Lawyer Offers Four Tips for Avoiding a Second Truck Accident

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

A recent Vancouver truck accident sent you to hospital and demolished your car. Frankly, you are lucky to be alive. How can you reduce the chances that you will ever again have to go through another horrific experience like that?

Here are four ideas:

 

1. Leave a space cushion of four seconds between your car and any truck you follow.

Give yourself time to react to sudden and surprising changes on the road. The truck in front of you, for instance, may swerve or brake suddenly due to debris in road or an animal crossing.

 

2. Stay out of blind spots.

All drivers have blind spots—regions behind and off to the side of their vehicle that are effectively invisible. Truckers call these blind spots "no zones." If you pull into a trucker’s “no zone,” you literally become invisible to the driver. When you pass a truck, you inevitably need to enter the "no zone" for a brief period. Take extra care, and wait until you see the whole truck in your rearview mirror before you cross back into the lane.

 

3. Watch for turning trucks.

When large trucks turn, their trailers can swing wide and crush cars that pass too closely.

 

4. Exercise caution around trucks climbing steep hills.

A truck attempting to climb a steep hill may initially roll backwards before it gets enough traction to move forward. If you are following that truck too closely, you could be crushed.

 

Conversely, when a truck descends a steep hill, the momentum can overwhelm the braking system and cause the dreaded “runaway truck” phenomenon. To that end, if possible, avoid being tailed by a truck when you are descending a steep hill.

For help dealing with the aftermath of your truck crash, get in touch with a Vancouver truck accident lawyer on the McComb Witten team today for smart, no-nonsense guidance. Call us at 604-255-9018, or download our free report, I've Been in a Car Accident, What Should I Do? The Car Accident Victim's Tool Kit, to educate yourself further.