If you have been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer or semi-truck, or have passed one on the highway, then you know the results can be devastating. Because of the extreme weight and size of these trucks, collisions with a large truck or commercial vehicle often result in catastrophic injuries or death.
To prevent accidents with large trucks, all drivers must share the road responsibly. Here are some tips for sharing the road with large trucks that can keep you and your family safe.
Be Mindful Of Blind Spots
Large trucks have many blind sports. These blind spots are located in front of the truck, in the rear of the truck, and to the sides of the truck.
If you are traveling near a truck and you cannot see the truck's mirrors, then it is safe to assume that the truck driver cannot see you! You must leave ample space between you and the truck, and once you realize that you are in a truck's blind spot(s) you should move out of the spot as soon as possible.
Avoid “Cutting” In Front Of A Truck
Large trailers can weigh upwards of 85,000 pounds and require several hundred feet of space in order to stop. No matter how urgent it is for you to change or switch lanes, NEVER cut directly in front of a semi-truck. If traffic patterns change suddenly and you cut in front of a truck, there is a great chance that you will be rear-ended by a massive vehicle because large trucks cannot stop like typical passenger cars.
Whenever possibly, try to leave at least one car length of space between you and the truck for every 10 miles of your speed. For example, if you are traveling 70 miles per hour, it is best to leave seven lengths of space between you and the truck ahead before you attempt to pass the truck or change lanes.
Beware Of Trucks Making Wide Turns
Due to the sheer size of tractor-trailers and semi-trucks, these vehicles require a wide turning radius. For this reason, many truck drivers who need to make a right turn will move into the left lane(s) to avoid trampling sidewalks or hitting curbs while turning.
Before pulling alongside a ruck in the left hand lane(s), try to ensure that the truck driver is not about to make a turn. Due to the truck's blind spot on the side of the truck, the driver may not realize that your vehicle has pulled-up next to it and you run the risk of being crushed.
Finally, one of the best things you can do to protect yourself and your family is to have patience when sharing the road with large trucks. Just an extra minute or two can mean the difference between getting rear-ended or slammed-into by a massive truck and arriving at your destination safe and sound.
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident with a large truck, call the personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of Jeremy Rosenthal. Our experienced attorneys can help you and your family recover following a trucking accident by working to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation at (303) 825-2223 or visit us online.