Trucks weigh between 20-30 times more than the average car, so when a truck collides into a car, the results can be catastrophic. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, over 4,000 trucks were involved in fatal accidents in 2015 and another 87,000 trucks were involved in accidents with nonfatal injuries. Because of the severity of these crashes, it’s important to learn how you can prevent truck accidents.
Stay out of the blind spots.
Truck drivers have blind spots in the front, back, and to the sides of their vehicles. Make sure that truck drivers can always see you by staying out of these blind spots. How? Take a look at the truck’s side mirrors. If you cannot see the driver’s reflection in these mirrors, he cannot see you. Of course, this doesn’t apply to drivers who are in front of the truck. If you are in front of a truck, do your best to leave as much space as possible between your vehicle and the truck to ensure you are not in the driver’s blind spot.
Pay attention to turning signals.
Drivers have to make wide turns, so they may accidentally slide into the next lane as they attempt to turn. Keep a close eye on the turning signals of any truck that you are close to on the road. If a driver signals that he is turning, give him ample room to maneuver so you don’t have to worry about the truck crashing into your vehicle.
Don’t cut in front of trucks.
Try to avoid passing in front of a truck on the road unless it is absolutely necessary. If you do have to pass a truck, make sure there is plenty of space between your car and the truck. Remember, it takes truck drivers a long time to slow down their vehicles, so if you cut in front of a truck and don’t leave enough space, it’s possible the truck won’t slow down in time to avoid a collision.
If a truck driver is trying to cut in front of you, slow down and allow him to do it if possible. By slowing down, you are staying in control of the situation and ensuring there will be enough space between your vehicle and the truck.
Remember these safety tips every time you have to drive close to a truck. Unfortunately, sometimes drivers can still be involved in truck accidents even if they are following this advice. If this happens to you, it’s important to understand your legal options.
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