Road accidents are one of the leading causes of serious injuries and death in the United States. Even with numerous advocacies and campaigns against irresponsible driving, there are still those who have no understanding and care when they get behind the wheel. These irresponsible drivers are the real dangers on the roads and are liable for any property damages and injuries that they inflict when they cause an accident.
There are many causes of car accidents; reckless driving, driving under the influence (of drugs or alcohol), over-speeding, vehicle defects or malfunctions, and most importantly driver errors. Based on an article from Habush Habush & Rottier, accidents caused by negligent drivers are the leading cause of lawsuits. These errors in judgment can all be the basis for compensation for all the injuries and damages that came from such reckless driving accidents.
Being a responsible driver does not only mean knowing the rules and regulations of the road; it is just as important to know how to drive defensively. Knowing the risks and limitations of the various vehicles that share the road can save you from devastating accidents, such as those from big trucks. Big, commercial trucks and semis are constant and sizable obstacles on highways and many often forget that these vehicles are very hard to maneuver. Even with the higher sitting position of these truck drivers, they are still vulnerable to accidents, mainly because they have limited vision of other vehicles.
As mentioned in an Abel Law Firm article about big trucks’ “No-Zone”, there are a lot of areas around the truck where the driver will not be able to see other vehicles. These no-zone areas or blind spots are in the front of the truck, both sides of the truck, and directly behind the truck. Make sure to have adequate distance from the truck to give it enough time and area to move (either to stop or turn). To see if you are in the safe zone, make sure you see the truck driver’s face in his side view mirror. When driving in front of a large truck, ensure that you can see the whole front of the truck in your rear-view mirror; this means you have enough distance and that you are visible to him as well.
Road accidents take millions of lives every day and cost millions every year. However, there are things that we can do to prevent and protect ourselves. Being a responsible and safe driver and pedestrian is just one of them. Know your limitations, and understand that the road is for everyone and that everyone has the responsibility to make it safe.