Some reports estimate that for every 100 million miles driven on this country’s roads, there are approximately 2.3 deaths and 60.5 injuries caused by big rigs. These numbers reflect an unfortunate scenario that is all too common in the U.S.
Accidents involving big rigs and other types of trucks often leave those caught in the crossfire with severe consequences. Because of their size and weight, they are harder to manage than other types of vehicles. That’s why the driver must first have the proper training in order to operate it and show a higher level of caution than other drivers.
However, such accidents still happen, and in some cases, it’s up to the passenger car to do everything it can to stay safe. Here are some useful tips on how to protect yourself when driving near a big rig.
Avoid Blind Spots
Big rigs and other large trucks generally have four big blind spots every driver should always avoid. As a general rule, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration advises to keep as much distance between yourself and the big rig as possible, and avoid these four blind spots:
- Two lanes to the right of the truck;
- Directly behind or directly in front of the truck;
- One lane directly to the left of the truck.
If you don’t know whether you are in a trucks blind spot, you could check if you see the driver in the side mirrors. If not, then they most likely don’t see you either.
You will hear a lot of people telling you that you should pass a big rig, but seldom will anyone tell you how you should to it. For instance, you should always pass on the left, and signal before to give the driver plenty of time to accommodate your move.
Also, if you’re going down, you should wait until you move to pass. Big rigs tend to pick up speed at this point, and you may have a more difficult time passing. Best to wait in this case.
Obviously, you should be completely focused when you’re behind the wheel, but it’s best to increase that attention when driving near a big rig. It’s not just the truck driver or you can make a mistake – you’re not the only ones on the road. Other passenger vehicles could also contribute to a potential accident, and being on the lookout may end up saving your life.
Contact a Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in a big rig accident, speak with a St. Louis car accident attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but the road to getting it won’t be easy.
You won’t just deal with the driver, you will most likely be dealing with the trucking company as well, which could potentially complicate the proceedings. Give our experienced attorneys a call 24/7 at (314) 361-4242 for a FREE consultation.