Many speak about semi-truck accidents and car crashes in the same breath, but they are different. The injuries that result are often much more severe, and the legal issues can be much more complicated.
This is why it is so important to do whatever we can to avoid truck accidents, and after they do happen, to seek out experienced professional help.
How to avoid truck accidents
Truck accidents can be caused by various factors. However, there are some steps that you can take to reduce the risk of getting involved in a truck accident. First, give the truck plenty of space. Keep a safe distance of at least four seconds behind a truck.
Stay out of their blind spots
Trucks have large blind spots on all four sides, especially on the right side and behind the trailer. Do not linger in these areas. When passing a truck, do not slow down or speed up unnecessarily. Maintain a steady speed and signal your intentions clearly. Always pass on left, and make sure you can see the truck’s headlights in your rearview mirror before moving back into your lane.
Use caution when a truck is turning
Trucks have a wide turning radius and may swing out to the left before making a right turn. Do not try to squeeze by or get between the truck and the curb. Wait until the truck has completed its turn before proceeding.
Texting, talking on the phone, eating, drinking, adjusting the radio or looking at something outside the window can take your eyes off the road and your hands off the wheel.
Stay focused and alert when driving near trucks and anticipate their actions.
Communicate your intentions clearly and early when driving near trucks. Use your turn signals, brake lights and horn when necessary. Do not make sudden or unpredictable moves that may confuse or surprise the truck driver.
Anticipate weather conditions
Rain, snow, fog, wind and ice can affect the visibility and traction of both cars and trucks. Drive slower and more carefully in bad weather and increase your following distance. Watch out for spray from truck tires that can reduce your visibility.
Unfortunately, even if you follow all of these safety suggestions, a truck accident can still happen to you. And, when it does, you can take the driver and their company to court for your damages and pain and suffering.