A recent press event held by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sought to keep teens safe on the road this summer by stressing three major points: leaving space for large trucks, never driving in a truck’s blind spots, and agreeing not to send or read text messages while driving.
The event included representatives from the National Organization for Youth Safety and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, as well as FMCSA officials. On June 2, these representatives visited the Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, where they offered teen drivers key tips on avoiding truck accidents, such as:
- Large trucks need almost twice the amount of space to stop that a passenger car does. Since most large trucks have pneumatic or air-operated brakes, they need space to press the brakes properly in order for them to work at their best.
- Large trucks have very large blind spots directly ahead of, behind, and to each side of the truck and its trailer. If you cannot see the truck’s driver, either directly or in the truck’s mirrors, you should assume the driver can’t see you – and get to someplace where you are visible.
- Wearing a seat belt is still one of the best ways to reduce the risk of serious injuries or death in large truck accidents. Following the posted speed limits and avoiding distractions like cell phones also help prevent accidents.
According to FMCSA, drivers between ages 16 and 24 are most likely to die in an accident nationwide. Nearly 4,000 young drivers were killed from 2005 to 2009. While an experienced truck accident attorney in Louisville can help protect your legal rights after an accident, it is always in your best interest to drive safely and defensively to try to avoid being involved in a truck crash in Kentucky altogether.