Precautions for Driving Near 18-Wheeler Trucks

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Matthew Porter, Memphis personal injury lawyer, has a few tips for avoiding a collision with a tractor-trailer on congested roadways this fall.

Do pay attention when a tractor-trailer is changing lanes or is making use of turn signals. Trucks have limited visibility of the vehicles behind and next to them.

The most recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows an estimated 342,000 accidents in 2013 involving large trucks. Tractor-trailers were responsible for 3,964 deaths and approximately 95,000 injuries in the U.S. As students return to school and parents negotiate new driving routes and schedules, hazardous driving circumstances are clearly something to keep in mind. Matthew Porter, Memphis personal injury lawyer, has a few tips for avoiding a collision with a tractor-trailer on congested roadways this fall.

Do keep a safe distance between your vehicle and a tractor-trailer truck at all times. The size and weight of a tractor-trailer may affect the driver’s ability to slow down or stop, which can quickly result in a trucking accident that may also result in personal injury to you and/or your passengers.

Don’t assume you are visible to the driver of a tractor-trailer truck. While changing lanes near a truck or passing a truck, do so with extreme caution. This can help mitigate the circumstances and perhaps prevent you from becoming involved in an auto accident.

Do pay attention when a tractor-trailer is changing lanes or is making use of turn signals. Trucks have limited visibility of the vehicles behind and next to them.

If an accident does occur:

Don’t admit fault or assume liability at the scene of a tractor-trailer accident. Accountability in vehicle accidents involving commercial trucks may extend beyond the driver to other parties.

Do contact 911 if you have been in an accident with a tractor-trailer.

About The Porter Law Firm, PLLC
Personal injury lawyer Matthew Porter, who practices primarily in Memphis, Tennessee, leads The Porter Law Firm. The firm’s areas of representation include victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents in Tennessee. Personal injury cases are also an area of representation and include, slip and fall accidents, injury to children, the elderly or others due to negligence and medical malpractice, including wrongful death. Porter also includes in his practice areas product liability, denial of insurance benefits, employment discrimination claims and Social Security claims. Porter is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Tennessee Association for Justice, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. For more information visit http://www.porterlawfirm.com

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