Florida Accident Prevention: Do You Know How to Share the Road with Large Trucks?

by Carmen Dellutri on November 23, 2011

Florida truck accident attorneyThankfully, there were no serious injuries in a Florida truck accident that recently shut down I-75 in south Fort Myers. However, as Florida personal injury attorneys, we know that’s not always the case.

The most recent Florida truck accident involved a Publix truck and trailer that was driving southbound on I-75 when the truck struck the back of a Ford Escort. According to Florida Highway Patrol, both vehicles crashed, and the Publix truck overturned.

Both drivers had to be removed from their vehicles and were transported to Lee Memorial Hospital. A portion of southbound I-75 was closed for about four hours as crews worked to remove the wreckage of the truck accident.

Both drivers were lucky to walk away with only minor injuries. You can help avoid a Florida truck accident by following the tips listed below:

  • Do not abruptly change lanes around a truck.
  • Let trucks have the right of way.
  • Never cut-off a truck, especially when it may need to stop.
  • Trucks have large blind spots called “no zones.” That means if you cannot see the truck driver in his outside mirrors, than he probably can’t see your vehicle.
  • Use low-beam headlights when following large trucks at night.
  • Maintain at least a minimum four-second following distance from a truck.
  • When passing, remember that large trucks are much longer than automobiles and take a longer time to pass.
  • Maintain a constant speed when passing and make sure you can see the front of the truck in your rear-view mirror before moving in front of the truck.
  • When being passed by a tractor-trailer, slow down slightly as water or dirt from its tires can spray and reduce your visibility.
  • Be careful when passing a truck that is also pulling a trailer, as there are times when the trailer could swing in your lane.
  • Do not try to squeeze into the space next to a large truck when it’s making a turn, because it could hit you or even drive over the top of your car.
  • When traveling on the highway, try not to position your car in between two or more trucks, as they may not see you and pull into your lane, forcing you into another vehicle.
  • If you are stopped behind a commercial truck on an incline, leave space in between in case the truck drifts backward when it shifts gears.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Florida injury attorneys for a free consultation.


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