Precautions to Take to Avoid an 18-Wheeler Accident in Portland

May 1, 2013

Due to the sheer size and weight of an 18-wheeler truck, a car and its passengers stand little chance of coming out of an accident unharmed when this type of truck is involved. Unfortunately, many 18-wheeler accidents result in fatalities.

While there are certainly some circumstances that are unavoidable, there are a few guidelines you can follow to help avoid an accident with an 18-wheeler. These include:

  • Avoid cutting directly in front of a truck. A truck is unable to stop as quickly as a car. If an 18-wheeler has to swerve to avoid hitting you, chances are the 18-wheeler will lose control of the truck.
  • Stay where the 18-wheeler driver can see you. Avoid the truck’s blind spot. If the driver can see you, he or she can usually adjust their driving to not crash into you. The general rule is if you can’t see the truck driver in the truck’s side-view mirrors, then the truck driver cannot see you.
  • If a truck is tailgating you, try to move out of the truck’s lane. The 18-wheeler driver is not utilizing safe driving practices by following too closely and you should get out of the way.

Poor weather conditions or unsafe road conditions can add to the causes of 18-wheeler accidents in Portland. Exercise extreme caution if you are sharing the roadway with semi-trucks during rain, sleet or snow.

If you do suffer an injury from an accident with an 18-wheeler, you need to contact the personal injury attorney at Savage Law firm. Our experts know the laws and regulations that govern the trucking industry. We can ensure that you will be able to file the best claim for the largest settlement feasible.

Contact us today for a free consultation.

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