Even in the best driving conditions, large trucks always pose a threat to other drivers on the road. Their size, significant blind spots, and heavy loads place them at a higher risk for auto accidents than other vehicles. Additionally, truck drivers usually drive for extended periods, making them more prone to distracted driving or driving while drowsy. It is imperative for passenger vehicle drivers to be extra cautious and attentive when driving in close proximity to trucks. With some simple actions, passenger vehicle drivers and motorcyclists can avoid being involved in truck accidents.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident as a result of the truck driver’s negligence, it’s important to seek legal counsel from a skilled personal injury lawyer. An experienced attorney can examine all the factors surrounding your case. Here are four tips for driving around large trucks safely.
Give Large Trucks Enough Time to Stop
The average weight of a fully loaded truck is approximately 40 tons, meaning it takes more braking power and a much longer distance for trucks to come to a complete stop. For example, an 18-wheeler with a full load driving 60 mph could require the length of three football fields to completely stop. For motorists and passenger vehicle drivers, this means it’s vital to leave ample space when driving in front of or behind a large truck. It’s also a good idea to avoid making sudden turns or lane changes without enough space.
Don’t Tailgate a Large Truck
Tailgating a truck is far too likely to result in a rear-end collision. If you get in a rear-end accident with a truck, it’s likely that debris or the truck itself will hit your windshield instead of your bumper, which can cause significantly more damage than the average passenger vehicle rear-end accident. Additionally, trucks have a rear blind spot, so tailgating them means they may not see your vehicle, increasing the likelihood of a crash.
Trucks Aren’t Agile Like Passenger Vehicles
In addition to their weight and height, trucks are distinguished from passenger vehicles by their length. Extra-long vehicles need to take much wider turns than passenger vehicles. In some cases, a truck may need multiple lanes to complete a turn. Therefore, it’s a good idea for drivers to be aware of a truck’s turn signals and take extra precautions when approaching or passing an intersection into which a truck is turning.
Trucks Have Blind Spots and Reduced Visibility
Commercial trucks have blind spots on all four sides. As a driver, it’s important to avoid traveling in blind spots and in the lanes immediately to the left and right of large trucks. If you are in a situation where you are forced to be in a lane next to a truck, it’s best to pass them quickly. Specifically, be careful to make it through their blind spot near the cab as quickly as possible while maintaining a safe speed.
Get Help from an Experienced Southeastern Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you have incurred any injuries from a truck accident as a result of another driver’s negligence, you should secure expert legal counsel. A skilled personal injury attorney can negotiate with the insurance companies, handle the claims process for you, and ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, our personal injury attorneys are committed to securing compensation for our clients’ medical costs, property damage, and lost wages.
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