When driving along your local highways, there is one type of vehicle you are likely more scared of than anything else: a tractor-trailer. These long, unwieldy vehicles can do a lot of damage due to their sheer size and weight. Many drivers have been severely injured or killed by them.
As a car driver, you can take some extra precautions to decrease the likelihood you are injured in a truck accident:
- Keep your distance: There are many moving parts on a big rig and a lot that can go wrong. A tire can blow and explode into your path or cause the truck to swerve into your lane. A poorly loaded rig can shed its load, or a gust of wind can knock the trailer over. If you are close to the truck when any of these happen, it could be fatal. Always maintain a safe distance.
- Do not sit in a truck’s blind spots: Semitrucks do not have good visibility despite the high up cab and colossal windshield. They have significant blind spots under the cab’s nose, behind the truck and to the sides, especially the offside. Avoid being in these spots so that the driver can see you.
- Remember, they have a wide turning circle: If you are coming up to an exit, consider that a truck may swing out to make the turn.
- Remember, they are slow to react: If you suddenly jam on the brakes in front of a truck, do not be surprised if it runs into you. They take longer than other vehicles to brake or maneuver.
If you are unfortunate enough to be in a tractor-trailer collision, seek legal help to understand your options to claim compensation.