The Utah Highway Patrol is starting to get tough about passenger vehicle and truck accidents recently with their new Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) Campaign. The goal behind their campaign is to educate drivers about safe habits to use while sharing the road with semi-trucks to reduce crashes. The TACT Campaign gives drivers several tips to exercise caution around semi-trucks. They urge drivers to:
- Avoid tailgating large trucks. If you can’t see the truck’s side mirrors, then the truck driver cannot see you.
- Give semi-trucks plenty of space-do not cut them off. Because of their substantial weight, it’s difficult for them to stop abruptly.
- Be cautious of wide turns. Semi-trucks simply don’t have the turning radius of cars because of their length. When driving nearby a semi, be aware to avoid damage and injury.
While there are many Utah drivers on the road who could improve their driving habits around semis, thousands of accidents are still caused by truck drivers on the highway each year. Negligence, drowsy driving, intoxication, or a variety of other reasons can cause these accidents.
Accidents may not always be down to human error, a mechanical error can also play a factor, and although rare, could still cause an accident. With regular maintenance, trucks are often in working order, however, this isn’t always the case. Luckily for truck drivers, there is Onsite Truck Repair available when needed. Once a driver notices a fault while driving they can follow highway guidelines to ensure they and other motorists are safe while they wait for support.
Because semi-trucks are often twice (or even three times) the weight of a passenger vehicle, they can cause catastrophic results if involved in an accident. If someone is lucky enough to survive a Utah truck accident, they could have lasting injuries that could affect their day-to-day lives-for the rest of their lives. Medical bills as a result of these injuries can also have a lifetime effect on finances.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident where you are not at fault, you could be entitled to a settlement to cover injuries and medical bills. Contact Jeff Metler, one of the experienced Utah truck accident attorneys, to find out how he can help you with your case.