Due to their significant size and weight, commercial trucks can be hazardous on the highway. When a vehicle of massive size collides with a smaller car, the results are often catastrophic. For this reason, drivers of passenger vehicles need to know how to drive around trucks in order to prevent accidents. Unfortunately for drivers today, avoiding truck accidents is not as easy as it sounds. So here are some essential tips for avoiding dangerous truck accidents.
Do Not Tailgate
The best way to avoid collisions is to keep a safe distance away from trucks on the road. Not only will this provide you with enough space in case something goes wrong, but it will also help you avoid an accident altogether. Tailgating can have perilous results. For example, if you drive too close to a truck and it makes a sudden stop, you could collide with the truck’s rear. To avoid this, it is always essential to keep your distance from trucks.
Avoid Blind Spots
Commercial trucks have more blind spots than passenger cars. Be sure to stay out of the following areas because the truck driver may not be able to see:
- 20 feet in front of the vehicle
- 30 feet behind it
- Two lanes on the right side of the truck
If you cannot see the truck’s side mirrors, they probably can’t see you either.
Be Careful When Passing
You must always be careful when passing a semi-truck. Large trucks cannot stop as quickly as other vehicles, so they need more time to react and adjust their speed. When passing a truck, remember these essential tips:
- Approach the truck on the left side, where it is easier for the driver to see you. Maintain your speed while passing and use your signals as you merge.
- Do not merge back into the lane in front of the truck until you can see the driver clearly in your rearview mirror.
- Before you re-enter the truck’s lane ahead of it, make sure you can see the headlights in your mirrors.
What to Do If You’re Involved in a Truck Accident
After an accident, make sure to get the names and contact information of those involved in the accident. You should also call the police so they can file a report. Some injuries and symptoms may be slow to appear but make sure to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Finally, contact a truck accident lawyer about your case.
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