Out of all the vehicles that frequent our nation’s highways, semi-trucks
pose the most danger to innocent motorists if they are operated negligently.
Reckless behavior of the trucker can swing the trailer into adjacent lanes,
slam the engine into cars in front, or even flip the entire 18-wheeler,
causing a hazardous traffic jam. One of the only ways to prevent such
truck accidents is to react correctly to erratic driving behavior as soon as you see it.
Follow these steps if you see a dangerous semi-truck on the road:
Give it space: Do not get to close to it, as the driver might be unaware of your presence
on the highway, even if you are not in a blind spot. Either slow down
and get a sizeable distance between the two of you, or pass it two or
more lanes over. In most situations, staying behind it is the right choice
but you will have to use your intuition to judge the situation.
Call the authorities: Whenever you see a driver behaving recklessly, whether they are driving
a commercial truck or a coupe, you should alert the police as soon as
it is safe to do so – you may need to pull off the road. You never
know when someone is drunk behind the wheel, and only highway patrol officers
have the right and means to pull someone over.
Truck identification: If it does not put you in harm’s way, you should also try to collect
identifying information off the truck and its trailer. Try to remember
the license plate number, the trailer number (usually six digits written
in various points along the trailer), the make of the big rig, and the
controlling company. All of this could be pertinent later if they cause
Report to HQ: An optional step will be to report the problematic driver to their controlling
company. There are often “How Am I Driving?” stickers on the
back of semi-trucks with a phone number listed on it. Once again, if it
is safe to do so, call the number and report what you are seeing. Remember:
you should not allow yourself to become distracted by your cellphone while
driving; if you do, you become a hazard to other motorists as well.
Reacting After a Truck Accident
Unfortunately, a truck driver who cannot control their tractor trailer
is likely to cause some sort of truck accident. If you are caught in their
path, you could be seriously injured or have your car totaled. In such
an incident, you will need serious and reliable legal advocacy on your side.
Contact our Shreveport truck accident attorneys from Morris, Dewett & Savoie, LLC today. Through an
initial case evaluation, we may be able to determine how much compensation you need and how to
get it. Call toll free at
888.492.5532 to get started.