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Can you tell when a truck accident is about to happen?

On Behalf of | Sep 18, 2023 | Personal Injury |

Truck accidents are among the most dangerous situations humans can face. Due to the size and weight of semi-trucks and the forces involved in a collision, it is rare for victims to escape with only minor injuries.

What if you could spot a potential truck accident in time to increase your distance safely or avoid the crash altogether? You might be able to lower your risk of suffering the worst injuries, such as brain and spinal cord damage.

4 things to watch for

You need not get struck by a heavy automobile to suffer injuries. Sometimes, just being nearby when a truck experiences an accident or malfunction can involve your vehicle and harm you physically. 

When sharing the road with commercial vehicles, watch for these signs that an accident may be imminent.

  • Rain-related control loss. Heavy storms or sudden downpours may cause truck tires to hydroplane (glide atop a film of moisture) and perhaps spin out of control, putting all nearby motorists at risk.
  • Erratic driving patterns. A truck driver struggling to control their vehicle may weave in and out of traffic or leave the roadway.
  • Sudden braking. Truckers often apply the brakes suddenly if a mechanical problem occurs or when trying to avoid danger (another crash, etc.).
  • Cargo shifting or loss. Falling or shifting cargo can cause an accident, but it can also mean the driver has lost control of the vehicle.

Hopefully, these signs will increase your safety when driving near commercial trucks. If this information comes too late to save you from harm, legal guidance may be wise. A representative can help you understand New Hampshire injury compensation laws and strengthen your accident claim.