one truck passing another

What You Need to Know About Driving Near an Elephant Race

Throughout Pennsylvania, there are many ports and hubs for large commercial trucks. Several highways, such as route 81, are thoroughfares for many trucks, with drivers making long treks to deliver goods. While most truck drivers are safe, there are a select few who can be negligent.

One of the biggest problems that can arise on the road is an elephant race. Below, we will explain this incident and ways for drivers to stay safe whenever they approach one.

What Is an Elephant Race?

An elephant race occurs when one large commercial truck driver attempts to pass another on the road with at least two lanes in each direction. When a truck is carrying heavier cargo, the driver may turn on the hazard lights and drive slower than posted speed limits. Drivers with lighter cargo may attempt to pass on the left.

While this is perfectly legal, it can cause a big slow down in traffic. The result could be a severe accident, so it’s crucial for drivers to know how to operate around an elephant race to avoid a collision.

How Do Drivers Stay Safe?

If you’re driving near two large commercial trucks, space is the most important thing. Trucks cannot stop on a dime, and one passing another is a recipe for disaster when a driver is following too closely. As you approach commercial trucks, first look to see if the truck in the back intends to try and pass the truck in front of them.

Let the truck over and give them space to operate so that you don’t have to slam on your brakes. Wait until they have fully merged back into the right lane before speeding up again to pass them.

While you can take specific steps to keep yourself safe, you cannot always predict how a negligent truck driver may act. And while we know that passenger vehicles cause roughly 80% of all truck accidents, the most catastrophic and deadly injuries occur when a truck driver is negligent.

Our Pennsylvania truck accident lawyers at Metzger Wickersham are here to safeguard your rights if you suffer harm. We work to obtain the maximum compensation for our clients, so if you suffer harm, you can rely on us to stand by your side every step of the way.

For a free consultation, call us at (888) 286-2850 today.

Categories
    Had a great experience with these awesome people

    “Had a great experience with these awesome people. Their job was done promoting well and they got me way more than I could have imagined. I would Highly recommend.”

    - Michael C.
    Great Attorneys!

    “Great Attorneys”

    - David Stephens
    Always courteous and kept me informed and up to date on the whole process

    “My experience with M&W was made very painless by [Attorney] Lori & [Paralegal] Judy from the Hbg office!”

    - Kenneth Williams
    I would recommend these people to anyone.

    “The lawyers at this office and their staff, Mr. [Attorney] DeVere and [Paralegal] Stephanie, his assistant, became the voice I didn’t have after the accident. They were my points of light.”

    - Ms. D. Lopez
    I would recommend Metzger Wickersham to everyone.

    “You guys were so easy to work with. There was no stress and the whole process was done in a timely manner. I would recommend Metzger Wickersham to everyone. Such a pleasure.”

    - Sharon Balent
    You guys are absolutely amazing and that’s an understatement.

    “Attorney Painter was simply amazing...My wife had been fighting SSI for over three years. Since working with Metzger Wickersham her stress and anxiety levels were 100% gone.”

    - Carlos Bonilla
    Outstanding in every way

    “Outstanding in every way no one has ever helped me more in my entire life like this firm. I highly recommend. Thank you very much.”

    - Gary Klinger
    Absolutely wonderful!

    “They helped me with my case on a motor vehicle accident. They were kind, understanding, professional, and got the job done. They explained things, talked me through stuff, and answered any questions I had!”

    - Ms. Brianna Marquis
    Thank you for going that extra mile.

    “I wanted to thank Valerie for all her hard work and going that extra mile for me! I was denied twice, Valerie appealed my case to the Appeals court. Thanks to Valerie, my case was finally won after ...”

    - Joanne Brenizer
    They made everything stress free.

    “They handle everything from the day you call, strongly recommend this office in particular. They made everything stress free and worked hard to get me what I deserved.”

    - Alexia Brodbeck

Let Us Fight For You

Request a Free Consultation
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.