If you are a frequent highway driver, you know that driving amongst semi-trucks can be an anxiety-inducing experience. If you are in a crash with a semi, you are certain to get injured and may even lose your life. One of the most common kinds of collisions between cars and trucks happens when two lanes merge into one. Drivers have to change lanes or merge almost every time they are on the highway. Responsibility for a merging accident will depend on the circumstances. However, truck drivers have more training than other drivers and their vehicles are much larger, so the responsibility for a merging accident often falls on them. There are rules of the road that all drivers must follow to avoid a merging accident.
When a driver is changing lanes, they must give a turn signal letting other cars know of their intentions. Drivers in the lane a vehicle is moving into are not required to slow down to let the vehicle in, but they are forbidden from speeding up when a vehicle wants to merge into their lane. A driver must be very careful when merging and make sure they have enough space before entering a lane. A semi-truck driver should be extremely cautious about changing lanes because of the size of their vehicle. A trucker should have special training in merging and only do so when it is necessary. Unfortunately, some truck drivers are pressured into hauling their loads fast. In any case, it is not uncommon for trucks to merge in front of vehicles that are much smaller than they are.
Merging From the Shoulder
Semi-trucks will occasionally have to enter traffic from the shoulder of the road. Truckers sometimes pull off onto the shoulder of the road to fix problems with their trucks or because of fatigue. They must use their hazard lights when they do this. There is a certain procedure semi-trucks are required to use when merging into traffic. When reentering traffic, a trucker must deactivate their emergency flashers, turn on their turn signal and begin to accelerate the vehicle in the emergency lane. The driver should stay in the emergency lane until they have reached the same speed as the traffic on the road. The trucker should only merge when they have enough room to do so and they may run out of emergency lane before they are able to merge, which makes this maneuver very dangerous. The responsibility for an accident in this situation is always on the truck driver.
Vehicles may sideswipe one another when merging. This can cause anything, from a scrape on a vehicle to a serious accident with injuries. If you are sideswiped by a semi, it could lead to injuries such as disfigurement, permanent disability, and chronic pain.
Finding a Lawyer
Truck accidents are different from regular car accidents because truck drivers have a special license and more training than other drivers. If they are employed by a company, that company may be responsible for training them and making sure they are qualified for their job. There are many truck accidents on the highway and as, a result, there are many truck accident lawyers. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you will want to find an aggressive and seasoned personal injury attorney who will work hard to get you the money you deserve.
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