Avoid a Tractor Trailer Accident during your Chrsitmas Travels

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The holidays are a time to be with friends and family, which likely means you will be hitting the road at some point. Whether you are driving locally within your town or are trekking across the state or country, please keep in mind these road safety tips to avoid being involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer this holiday season.

These tips are brought to you by Tri-Cities personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C.

According to AAA, it is estimated that more than 90 million Americans travel during the end-of-year holiday season. That’s certainly many vehicles out on the roads, which also means a greater chance of an accident. One of the worst accidents to end up in is one that involves a tractor-trailer; they are much bigger, and heavier than vehicles consumers drive and therefore cause significantly more damage. Follow these tips to avoid a tractor-trailer accident this holiday.

Leave Early

If at all possible, leave as early as you can in an effort to avoid the rush. Waiting until the night before a holiday means more traffic on the road. Allow yourself enough time to make it to your family’s gathering. If it comes down to it, better to be late than to not show up at all. When driving during the holidays, expect there to be more traffic than usual, and don’t get in a rush about it.

Be Alert

One should always be alert while driving, but during the holiday season pay extra attention to other drivers and drive defensively. This means that you drive with care and caution, staying off your phone and being mindful of others on the road. Avoid trying to cut in front of people, always use your turn signal when changing lanes or exiting the interstate, and don’t let other drivers get to you. Nothing good will come from two drivers trying to battle it out on the road.

Allow Distance

It takes tractor trailers much more effort and distance to slow down and come to a complete stop. So avoid changing lanes directly in front of a truck. Make sure that if you are behind a large truck that you maintain a safe distance between you and the tractor-trailer. You don’t want to go crashing into the back of one! Always change lanes by passing on the left, never on the right, which is the truck driver’s blind spot.

Avoid Distractions

Keep distractions to a minimum. If you are traveling with kids, prepare ahead of time everything that they may need such as snacks, games, drinks, and the like, or have another adult passenger get what the kids need. Keep the radio volume to an acceptable level so that you can keep a focus on everything around you and hear other vehicles. Never use your phone while driving.

Never Drink and Drive

This should go without saying, but never drive if you have been drinking. Choose a designated, sober driver to take you home or just stay where you are if you are at someone’s home that you can trust. If all else, you can always call an Uber or a Lyft to take you to your next destination.

Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney in Tri-Cities

The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C. wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! If you find that you are injured in a tractor-trailer accident this holiday season, please call the experts at the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C. by dialing (276) 451-2056 to schedule your free consultation.

Representing the injured and disabled for more than 30 years, the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., are proud to serve clients in Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, Tennessee, as well as Bristol, Virginia.