Sedona big rig accidents are among the roughly 2,700 trucking collisions that happen in the state of Arizona each year, according to reports from the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT). A recent study done by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sampled 963 semi truck collisions and reported that these accidents resulted in nearly 250 deaths and more than 1,650 injuries.
According to the study, nearly 80 percent of big rig collisions involve semi trucks pulling at least one tractor trailer and just shy of 75 percent involved a collision between a semi truck and another, smaller vehicle. In Sedona, around 200 car crashes happen every year, and statistics indicate that around 55 people sustain moderate to serious injuries.
How Motorists Can Avoid a Sedona Big Rig Accident
Many motorists become involved in a Sedona big rig accident because they overestimate the abilities of the truck driver to see them, to maneuver quickly, and to slow down. Motorists can protect themselves from becoming a victim in a serious injury or fatality crash with a semi truck by following a few simple safety tips.
- Make an effort to make yourself visible to the driver — if you can’t see the driver in the mirrors on the sides of the truck, it is likely that the driver cannot see you.
- If you see a big rig approaching an intersection with its right blinker on, do not pass it on the right.
- Never cut off a big rig.
- Provide four seconds of distance in dry conditions and a minimum of six seconds in wet conditions between your vehicle and the semi truck in front of you.
Why Motorists May Need Help From a Sedona Big Rig Accident Attorney
Even if you do everything you can to protect yourself from a serious Sedona big rig accident, you may still be involved in and injured in a collision, and you will need help from a skilled Arizona tractor trailer crash injury attorney. At Breyer Law Offices, P.C. we help injury victims in big rig collisions get fair compensation for their injuries, medical expenses, car repairs, lost income and other damages by proving negligence on the part of the driver or trucking company. If a truck driver has injured you in a collision, contact the Husband and Wife Law Team now.