Interstates already come with a number of dangers and hazards – but there is something especially frightening when you are traveling down a multi-lane road and see an 18-wheeler barreling down the interstate at a reckless speed. Trucks are big, heavy, and hard to control. When they are speeding, they are extremely dangerous and can cause catastrophic injury and death if they are involved in a collision.
What should you do if you see a reckless, speeding truck on the highway or interstate?
- Get out of their way. Never attempt to pass the truck, to make the truck slow down, or otherwise signal the truck. Keep your distance from the vehicle. When a truck crashes, it can cause a chain-reaction crash, jack-knife, or block multiple lanes of traffic, If that happens, you want to be far away.
- Call the police. If the truck is driving so fast that it is a threat to other people on the road, you are not overreacting by calling the authorities and reporting the issue. By alerting officials, you could be preventing an accident or even saving a life.
- Report the driver to his or her employer. Not only is that trucker speeding, he’s also speeding while on the job and likely breaking company policy. Many trucks have a contact number on the back. Don’t hesitate to call and report the reckless driver.
Speeding kills – and when it comes to reckless big-rigs, speeding kills more often than other types of traffic accidents. If you have been involved in a Virginia truck accident caused by speeding, speak with a VA personal injury attorney.