How to Avoid an 18-Wheeler Accident

How to Avoid an 18-Wheeler Accident

While 18-wheelers are great for moving food and other goods across the country, they also have a high record of being involved in accidents. Due to their size and the force of impact they can cause, serious injuries and loss of life are common in 18-wheeler accidents. In order to avoid an 18-wheeler accident, follow the tips below.


Seatbelts Save Lives

When it comes to automobile accidents, wearing your seatbelt can often mean the difference between life and death. Always be sure to put your seatbelt on first thing when entering a car, your life could depend on it.


Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Always remain aware of what surrounds you including 18-wheelers and other vehicles. Avoid anything that can cause distractions like cell phone calls or text messages. You should also be alert of what those around you are doing. Truck drivers have been known to fall asleep at the wheel and they are known to go well over the speed limit. Be sure to allow plenty of space between your vehicle and an 18-wheeler, in order to avoid the potential collision.


Avoid Sudden Changes

Remember that 18-wheeler trucks are much bigger than a regular vehicle. Therefore, they are not always able to see you. Try to avoid sudden lane changes or pulling into traffic in front of a truck. You should also work diligently to avoid sudden stops since semi-trucks do not have the same stopping capability regular vehicles have.


Getting in an accident with an 18-wheeler can easily leave you with pain, trauma, major injuries and in worst case scenarios, fatality. Therefore, it is extremely important to remain aware of your surroundings when driving and to follow the tips above when you are on the road. If you are involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler and need the help of an experienced legal team, contact Stephen T. Holman immediately. Our team will answer any questions you may have in order to get you on the right path following an accident.


Stephen T. Holman, Senior Partner, and Justin T. Homan, Partner, are committed to providing the best legal service in Pensacola, Destin, Pace and Cantonment, FL in a variety of legal areas including Family Law and Personal Injury. Our office is located at 1940 W. Saint Mary Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32501. Contact us now for a free consultation at 850-316-8243 or go online at www.HolmanFirm.com.