With the holidays just around the corner, more and more shipping trucks will be on the roads delivering food, presents, decorations, and more. Combine that with more cars on the road, as many of travel to visit family and friends for holiday celebrations, and you have a potential recipe for disaster.
Last year, the American Automobile Association estimated that 46 million people travelled over the Thanksgiving holiday, many of them by automobile. And because so many people take to the roads over the long Thanksgiving holiday, as well as during Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years, the chances of being involved in a fatal or injurious car or truck accident increases. Drunk driving and/or drugged driving is also a major concern and is the leading cause of traffic accidents during the holiday season beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with New Years.
If you are traveling by car in Woodland Hills over the next few months, you may not be able to avoid the tractor-trailers and shipping trucks on the road. The American Trucking Association has provided a few safety tips for the millions of passenger vehicle motorists who must share the road with the tractor-trailers and commercial trucks…
- Buckle up: Wearing a seatbelt reduces the chances of a motorists suffering a fatal injury by 45%.
- Watch your speed: With increased traffic, speeding becomes even more dangerous.
- Leave plenty of room to stop: Be mindful of the distance between you and a commercial truck to ensure you have enough room to stop if traffic slows or comes to an abrupt halt.
- Know where you’re going: Many auto accidents occur when a motorist unexpectedly changes lanes, cutting another driver off.
- Pay attention to truck blind spots: If you can’t see a truck driver in the mirror, they can’t see you either. Staying out of a trucks blind spot can save you from a serious truck accident.
- Don’t cut large trucks off: A commercial truck is not only large but it is very heaving, meaning it takes a longer distance for a truck to stop so don’t cut too close in front of them, the driver may not be able to stop in time to avoid a collision.
If you or a loved one are injured in an automobile accident caused by a truck, know that California law and attorney Barry P. Goldberg and his team of personal injury legal professionals are on your side. Contact Woodland Hills truck accident attorney Barry P. Goldberg today for a free, no-obligation consultation about your case. We are available 24/7.