Texas is probably one of the best places in the nation to explore by car. It has a tremendously varied landscape, plenty of open roads and a lot of fun sights to see. It can also be a dangerous place for drivers.
Between big rig crashes, bus wrecks and crashes involving regular cars, there is plenty to be wary of. When you’re out on the Interstate, there are a few things you should keep an eye out for, just to be safe.
Avoiding big rig crashes.
Semis are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. In addition to their massive size and weight, they have huge blind spots. They also create a powerful current of air around them that can be enough to cause a vehicle to swerve, or a motorcyclist to lay their bike down. If you take a look at what the average truck accident lawyer sees in a given day, you’ll learn a lot about what to watch out for.
- Drivers who swerve may be tired and overworked. Stay far behind or get ahead of them, but don’t stick close.
- Drivers who do not signal before changing lanes may also be tired or even falling asleep.
- Trucks that seem in bad repair may be improperly maintained. Get away from them if you can.
- Trucks on steep grades cannot slow properly. Get out of their way and let them pass.
Avoiding bad drivers.
Everyday drivers are also hazards. In 2008, drivers who failed to stay in their lane killed over 300 people. Watch out for people who swerve. If they are, there are few comforting answers as to why.
- They may be drunk
- They may be inattentive
- They may be having vehicle issues
- They may just be horrible drivers
If you are injured by such a driver, whether they’re in a big rig or a passenger car, you should contact an accident lawyer. These lawyers specialize in these cases, which gives them important insights that are born of experience. Remember that you do have the right to be on the road as much as does any other driver. If another driver is swerving too close to your lane or otherwise driving erratically, however, get out of their way. An attorney will always be glad to represent your rights but, like anyone else, they’d prefer that you didn’t get hurt in the first place.