Truck drivers are meant to be cautious when they’re driving, especially on highways like Interstates 10 and 45. These busy interstates have plenty of travelers on them, and a single truck driver who isn’t paying attention or who falls asleep behind the wheel could put everyone in danger.
It’s an unfortunate truth that Houston has some of the most congested freeways in the country. As a result, there is always a risk of accidents that lead to severe injuries or death.
How can you prevent crashes when you’re struck in congested traffic?
In stop-and-go traffic, one of the types of crashes that can take place is a rear-end collision. It’s more common than other types of crashes, because everyone is moving slowing and has to be paying attention to continually start moving forward and then come to a stop. If someone gets moving too quickly, they may be unable to stop. Similarly, someone who doesn’t realize that traffic is stopped ahead of them might not slow down enough to avoid a collision.
If you’re stuck in stop-and-go traffic, one of the best things you can do is to pay attention to the road. Be alert, so that you don’t make mistakes that could lead to a crash. Always give yourself more space than you think you need, so you can stop without the risk of rear-ending another vehicle.
If a large truck is behind you, it’s worth taking the time to move lanes (if possible) or to try to put more space between your vehicle and the next in line. The truck driver needs more time to stop, so creating more space is one way that will help prevent a crash. If you’re still hit despite doing that, then you can begin a claim against the other driver.