While driving among large commercial trucks isn’t new for most people, it can still cause some anxiety. After all, semi-trucks are bigger and heavier than passenger vehicles and, for some, quite intimidating.
Unfortunately, they are also involved in almost 450,000 accidents in the U.S. each year. Because of the serious dangers these trucks present on the road, it’s important for drivers to take steps to remain safe.
Be more cautious around large trucks
If you are driving near a semi, be more cautious and leave more space between your vehicle and the truck. The weight of large trucks means they move slower on the road and take longer to stop. Also, large trucks must sometimes obey different speed limits than other vehicles.
Never cut off a semi-truck or engage in some type of distraction while around them. It takes trucks much longer to respond to a sudden movement or hazard, which can put your safety and other drivers’ safety at risk.
Remain visible to the driver
Large trucks usually have stickers warning of slow stopping, wide turns and blind spots. A rule to remember when driving around large trucks is that if you can’t see their side mirrors, the driver can’t see your vehicle. Also, don’t drive next to semis for long since you may be in their blind spot. The longer you remain next to them, the more likely they will try to merge and not see you there.
Your rights after a truck accident
You have rights if you are involved in an accident with a semi-truck that isn’t your fault. In many cases, you can recover compensation for your injuries and losses. Remember, with these accidents, several parties may be liable, so it’s smart to work with someone who understands your options and rights.