While they pose an incredible danger to those around them, semi trucks – also known as big rigs, 18-wheelers, tractor trailers, etc. – are an essential part of American life. Every year, these trucks transport millions of tons of freight across the country.
At the same time these vehicles that keep American life moving represent a significant portion of roadway deaths. Due to their size and weight, accidents involving a large truck are almost always more severe than those with only passenger vehicles.
When these semi truck accidents are because of someone’s negligence, it’s important that the victims hold the at fault parties responsible for the damages. Victims of these accidents can usually benefit from the services of an experience semi truck accident attorney.
Here are some tips to avoid a collision with a semi truck:
Avoid driving in truck’s blind spot: Most people know that trucks have larger blind spots than passenger vehicles. These spots are on either side of the truck and directly behind and in front. Essentially, if you can’t see the truck’s mirrors, the trucker can’t see you. If you must pass a truck, do not waste your time.
Keep your distance: When in front and behind a truck, don’t crowd a large truck. Trucks have a much longer stopping distance than passenger cars, meaning if you are tailgating a truck and it slams on its brakes, it could be very bad for you.
Follow the rules of the road: Defensive driving and acting predictably on the road is the best way to avoid any kind of accident. Only pass on the left and maintain a safe speed.
Do not pass turning trucks: Commercial trucks make large, wide turns. If you attempt to pass a truck that is turning, you are putting your life at risk.