June 20, 2023
Dealing with a car accident in any capacity can be one of the most frightening experiences you will ever go through. But when a large commercial truck is involved in the accident, things can quickly get much worse.
Each and every year, many Hoosiers find themselves in the aftermath of a truck accident and don’t know what steps to take next.
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Practice defensive driving tactics when you come across large trucks on the road
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, “Ninety-seven percent of vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a large truck in 2020 were occupants of the passenger vehicles.”
Although this statistic is incredibly tragic, it’s not hard to see how this happens. Truck drivers have a lot more protection than passenger vehicle drivers.
This is why it’s so important to know how to share the road with large commercial trucks. No one ever intends for an accident to happen, but careful planning and action can help prevent crashes from happening in the first place.
The following tips can go a very long way for protecting yourself and others on the road:
- Give the truck plenty of space and avoid driving in their blind spots
- Never cut trucks off and keep in mind they need a lot of space in order to come to a complete stop
- If you need to pass, pass quickly
- Always use your turn signal and drive predictably so that you don’t catch truck drivers off guard
- Be cautious and give a truck plenty of space if it’s turning
- Avoid distracted driving so you can give your full time and attention to the road and other drivers
Defensive driving tactics definitely matter – especially when large commercial vehicles are involved. Stay safe and keep your wits about you.
When is another party responsible for a truck accident in Indiana?
Truck accident cases always vary on a case by case basis. But sometimes even the safest drivers can get caught up in an accident with a large commercial truck on the Hoosier roadways.
So when exactly would the other party be responsible for the accident?
In a nutshell, the other party could be held accountable if the accident resulted from their own negligence.
Personal injury cases involving commercial trucks can be complicated because multiple parties can actually be at fault. Both the truck driver and the company that owns the truck could be responsible depending on the situation. And things definitely get more complex if the truck is owned by a government agency.
The truck driver could be to blame if the accident was caused by unsafe driving practices. If the trucker was distracted, failed to signal while changing lanes, or drove recklessly, they might be the responsible party.
The company that owns the truck could be to blame if they skipped necessary maintenance checks, pressured their drivers to engage in unsafe driving tactics, or even knowingly hired a driver with a poor driving record.
The state of Indiana has pretty strict guidelines in place for commercial truck drivers for the purpose of keeping everyone on the road safe. When these guidelines are ignored and accidents happen, proper action must be taken.
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