Commercial trucks carry tons of products in their trailers, which makes them one of the most destructive forces on the road. An accident involving one of these trucks can leave the passengers of other cars in a catastrophic state. There is very little someone can do to stop one of these vehicles, so it is essential to understand how to avoid these accidents entirely.
The number of accidents involving a truck carrying more than 10,000 pounds has increased in recent years. The actions other drivers take around these large vehicles may reduce these numbers in the coming years.
Give them space
A commercial truck needs considerable space on roadways, especially in a mechanical failure like a flat tire. When heavy winds blow, they can cause big rigs to sway drastically on the road as well. Avoid staying next to these vehicles, as well as immediately behind or in front of them.
Stay out of blind spots
It is alarming how little vision truckers have in critical areas around them. It is best to assume that a trucker cannot see a vehicle if they are within 30 feet of the front or back of them, the front half of the driver’s side of the truck, and at least two lanes out from the right side of the truck.
Knowing when and how to pass a truck can keep the truck from crushing them. Pass a truck only on a flat plane, and now a slope or hill. Always pass on the left side of the truck, if at all possible. Do not merge back into the truck’s lane until you are past the blind spots.
If you are uncertain about being near a truck, it is best to stay away from it as much as possible. Do no put yourself at risk just to pass the vehicle.
If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident, contact a personal injury attorney before talking to anyone else about the accident.