When you are driving on Wisconsin roadways, or any roadways nationwide, you always should be vigilant for dangerous drivers. This is especially the case when it comes to trucks, which typically dwarf the other vehicles on the road. These oversized vehicles can be particularly dangerous, simply due to their size and weight. If you spot a vehicle like this, you immediately should report it to police. If you report a dangerous truck driver, you may be preventing an accident and even saving lives. Here are some common signs of dangerous truck drivers.
First, you may witness a truck swerving between lanes, driving in both lanes at the same time , or failing to use turn signals when changing lanes. All of these signs can point to a dangerous truck driver. Swerving and quickly changing lanes can cause a truck to jackknife, which can result in the trailer toppling over and hitting other vehicles.
Next, speeding is a common sign of a dangerous truck driver, whether you are on a country road, interstate highway, or construction zone. Speeding can result in accidents, such as when a speeding truck comes up behind another vehicle on the highway and rear-ends it. The truck itself can crash, but other vehicles trying to swerve out of the way of the truck may become involved in accidents, as well.
Failing to obey traffic signals and road signs also can be indicative of a dangerous truck driver. A truck driver who disregards a red light or stop sign runs the risk of crashing directly into other vehicles. Some vehicles also may try and swerve in order to avoid hitting the truck; in this case, however, the sudden swerve causes an accident.
When an accident causes serious injuries to you or a loved one, the impact can be devastating. Although some accidents are just that – accidents – others are caused by the negligence of another, such as an inattentive or sleep-deprived truck driver. If you are in this situation, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses due to a truck driving accident. Contact Boller & Vaughan today and learn how our Wisconsin personal injury attorneys can advocate on your behalf.