While travelling along I-285, you are likely aware of many of the common roadway hazards. For example, you know not to drive too fast, and you know that swerving in and out of lanes is dangerous. Sometimes, however, it is the less obvious dangers that can cause the most harm in the event of an accident. One example is crashes involving large trucks that contain improperly loaded cargo.
Three Tips for Avoiding Cargo-Related Tractor-Trailer Accidents
Fortunately, there are steps that you can take as a driver on the Atlanta roadways to help reduce your risk of an accident caused by a tractor trailer. The following are three steps that all motorists should consider taking:
- Always be extra aware and cautious when travelling the road in the presence of a tractor trailer. Even if a load is secured tightly, it can still slip or shift while driving. For this reason, do not assume that a truck that looks stable does not present a danger. Typically, you will not be able to tell just by looking at the truck whether its cargo is properly secured.
- Avoid talking on your cell phone, using a GPS, or engaging in any other activity that may distract you. This can help ensure that you are able to stop in time in the event that a truck ahead of you rolls over. If the load is too top-heavy, it may increase the chances of a rollover. Rollover accidents involving large trucks can be very dangerous to the driver of the truck and the other motorists on the road.
- Keep a safe distance between yourself and the truck. It is very important to ensure that you have adequate time to avoid the truck in the event that a rollover does occur. If the load is left too loose on the back of a flatbed trailer, it may fall off of the truck and land in the lanes of traffic.
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