While driving on a freeway, you will probably notice how other drivers around you are operating their own vehicle. If someone is driving recklessly near you, it’s common sense that you would become hyper vigilant and steer your vehicle away from them in order to avoid a serious accident. However, it might be more difficult to recognize that big 18-wheeler trucks are driving recklessly.
How Do I Know That a Truck Driver Is Driving Recklessly?
First, it’s important to realize that truck drivers can sometimes struggle with driving for long periods of time, and they might have difficulties with finding proper places to sleep or rest when they are tired. Many truck drivers will keep driving beyond the point of exhaustion, which will in turn place them at a risk for a serious accident. As a driver, you should pay attention to a few signs that you are driving next to a reckless truck driver. Watch out for:
- Sharp turns and swerving: This could signal that the driver is exhausted, intoxicated, or distracted.
- Speeding: trucks driving over the speed limit put their own lives and other drivers in danger, simply because they won’t have enough time to suddenly brake if needed.
- Failure to use their signal: This could result in smashing into another vehicle in the adjacent lane.
- Tailgating: A truck should never follow too closely to another vehicle because they could easily crash into it if the car in front of them slows down or stops.
- Ignoring dangerous driving conditions: Snow, ice and heavy rain make road conditions slippery and unsafe for any vehicle. If a truck is speeding in these conditions, their chance of getting into an accident sharply increases.
If you have been injured in a truck accident due to the truck driver’s recklessness and/or negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. Contact the law office of Stanley A. Davis to get the help you need for your case.