It is difficult to control and maneuver a large semi-truck; a number of accidents occur when a truck is trying to make a wide right turn.
Drivers of smaller vehicles should be extra cautious while driving near larger vehicles. Here are some tips that can help motorists avoid a semi-truck accident.
Avoid a Truck’s Blind Spot
Even though most truck drivers are highly skilled at their job and have obtained proper training and driving experience, there can still be situations when they are taken by surprise and fail to avert an accident. It is extremely important for drivers of smaller vehicles to be aware of the large blind spots associated with trucks. When a truck attempts to change lanes or turns, pedestrians and vehicles that may be hidden in the truck’s blind spots can be in danger of being hit or run over.
Avoid blind spots such as the zone directly behind the truck, and the areas close to the sides of the driver and passenger side of the truck. When passing a large vehicle such as a truck, make sure you are visible to the driver and signal the intention to turn well in advance.
Maintain a Safe Following Distance
A large number of right turn accidents involving trucks happen because the other driver was following too closely. By maintaining a safe distance, you will stay out of the truck’s blind spot and allow you time to stop in case the truck decides to make a sudden turn.
Drive Cautiously in Poor Weather and Road Conditions
Be extra cautious while driving around large trucks in poor weather conditions. On bad roads, a truck can lose traction and jackknife in front of a car and cause a collision. On steep slopes and slippery roads one should drive slowly and stay alert.
Drive Defensively, Stay Alert, and Be Aware
When passing a large truck, stay calm and use all defensive driving techniques. Half of all fatal car accidents occurring on U.S. roads are caused by aggressive drivers. Stay alert and calm, and be prepared to react to any emergency situation.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of a truck driver, consult with The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242.