An accident involving large trucks can cause severe damage to your vehicle and potentially permanent injuries. This is why it is critical to take precautions when driving around these vehicles. You can use a few strategies to help reduce your risk of an accident with a large truck. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a trucking accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Our experienced lawyers can answer your questions, speak to insurance companies, and arrange payment for lost wages. Keep reading for some safe driving trips when sharing the road with large commercial trucks.
Stay Out of Blindspots
Trucks have larger blind spots than regular vehicles. These blind spots are located in the truck’s front, back, and sides. You should never travel too close to the front or rear of a truck, particularly when driving at high speed. If you can’t see the truck driver in the side-view mirror, they can’t see you, and you should get out of the blind spot as soon as it is safe to do so.
It is essential to drive defensively, especially when sharing the road with big trucks. Defensive driving means being vigilant on the road, controlling your vehicle’s speed, expecting the unexpected, and being prepared to react to other drivers.
Be Careful When Passing
If you have to pass a truck on the highway, make sure you do it carefully. Speed up and stay closer to the shoulder instead of the truck to practice safe passing. Always pass trucks on the left side. Use your turn signals a few seconds before you merge to signal the truck driver that you plan to change lanes. Also, when passing the truck, dim your lights so they do not affect the driver’s vision.
Tailgating a truck or not maintaining a safe distance makes it more difficult to react in time to avoid a crash. Rear-end accidents, which are often caused by drivers’ not following at a safe distance, are one of the most common types of truck accidents.
Contact an Attorney
Following these tips can help prevent truck accidents. But, if a collision does occur, you should call a knowledgeable truck accident attorney to help build your case. We here at Snyder Law Group have years of experience in handling all types of vehicle accidents. Reach out today to get started.
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