Semi-truck accidents can happen anywhere in Virginia and at any time. Whether on the interstates, highways, country roads or suburban streets, a commercial vehicle accident can cause significant damage. However, many times these types of accidents are avoidable, and there are many simple steps both truck drivers and others on the road can take to stay safe.

Here in Manassas and surrounding areas, local roads tend to be fairly crowded. As a result, it can be difficult to maneuver around a large commercial vehicle, such as a semi-truck, especially if that truck is making a turn at a busy intersection. However, truck drivers who follow the rules of the road, as well as the safety tips for their own profession, can help keep local suburban roads accident-free.

One of the most notable elements of a semi-truck is its sheer size. The length of a large commercial vehicle is much longer than a passenger car. As a result, trucks have to turn differently than cars. The long length of a semi gives it a wide turning radius, which means it often can’t simply stay in the far-right lane to make a right turn the way cars do. Instead, a large truck may have to initially go in a lane further to the left to make a right turn and vice-versa if making a left turn.

Semi-trucks are also at risk for jackknifing – the folding of a vehicle – due to sudden braking and sudden turning. A truck driver might not be held responsible when unforeseeable conditions are the cause of sudden braking or turning, but if a truck driver was speeding or acting negligently otherwise, he or she may be held responsible for damages.

By taking these and other basic precautions, trucks, cars and pedestrians can share the roads safely and reach their destination without incident.

Source: FindLaw.com, “Truck Accident Overview,” accessed on Feb. 4, 2015