Whether it’s gulf coast residents heading up to Jackson or just 18-wheelers making their routes Hwy 49 sees it’s share of traffic. Anytime there’s an increase in traffic that increases your risk of having an accident and being on the road with so many 18-wheeelers can be nerve wracking. Here are a few tips to keep you safe whether you’re just driving around Hattiesburg or headed somewhere else.
- Keep your distance. Be sure to leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles, especially 18-wheelers. Since they are much larger it takes them longer to slow down and if you are following too closely or suddenly slam on your brakes you put yourself at risk for a car accident. Plus you put yourself in danger of hitting debris on the road or getting hit by debris that the 18-wheeler accidentally hits. The safest thing to do is to give you and the 18-wheeler plenty of room.
- Use turn signals. Using your turn signals gives the drivers of 18-wheelers a chance to slow down gradually and prepare. The same thing goes for using your brakes, applying them once you notice brake lights on the cars ahead of you can save you from having an accident. Anytime you make a last minute decision it puts them at risk for hitting you because they didn’t have enough time to react.
- Be careful of blind spots. Most of us have seen the stickers that are on 18-wheelers that say “if you can’t see my mirrors then I can’t see you,” but too often we forget about that when we’re on the road. If you do need to pass an 18-wheeler be sure to use your turn signal and don’t follow too closely otherwise they might not even know you were behind them. When you do pass do it quickly and then once it’s safe signal again and get back into the other lane.
Richard Schwartz and Associates have handled hundreds of 18-wheeler accident cases and they know how to make sure you get the money you deserve. Their Hattiesburg office is near close by and has skilled attorneys who are ready to handle your case and take care of you.
Tue, April 3, 2012
by Alicia Prince