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Safety Tips for Sharing the Road with Large Trucks

Safety Tips for Sharing the Road with Large Trucks

From novice to experienced drivers, sharing the road with an 18-wheeler or large commercial truck can get anyone’s nerves ramped up. Many of these big rigs are 20 times heavier than passenger vehicles, and their massive weight and size can lead to catastrophic collisions.

Though the thought of an accident with a large truck is terrifying, a study by The American Trucking Associations (ATA) concluded that car drivers were 81% at fault in fatal crashes in their sample of over 8,000 car-truck crashes.

With that in mind, we encourage those operating a passenger vehicle to take extra precautions when sharing the road with a big truck to reduce the risk of an accident.

Drive Defensively

Driving defensively means remaining alert at all times. For individuals who see driving as second-nature, it’s easy to let down their guard. However, it’s crucial to stay focused when behind the wheel, especially when there’s a large truck nearby. Conditions on the road can be unpredictable, which is why it’s in everyone’s best interest to pay close attention to other vehicles as well as the flow of traffic.

Keep a Safe Distance

With many trucks weighing 80,000 pounds or more, it takes them longer to come to a complete stop. Get too close to them, and you may be in the way of any last-minute accidents, such as a sudden brake or tire blowout. The rule of thumb in this situation would be to leave a four-second following distance between your vehicle and their trailer.

Avoid a Truck’s Blind Spots

Try to position yourself where you can see the driver of the truck in his or her side mirrors, so he or she can see you too.

Give Extra Signal Time

Trucks need extra time to slow down, stop, turn, or merge lanes. Because of this, you must give at least three seconds or more to signal the driver of any upcoming changes.

Learning to share the road with large trucks can help prevent devastating accidents. However, sometimes unforeseen circumstances can lead to them anyway.

If you were wrongfully injured in an accident with a truck, don’t hesitate to reach out to The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus. Our truck accident lawyers have the experience required to handle big insurance companies and corporations to get victims maximum financial compensation.

Contact our Los Angeles trucking accident attorneys at (800) 905-8777 to schedule your free case review.

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