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Is there a way for motorists to stay safe around trucks?

by | May 7, 2020 | Truck Accidents

Even if you own an SUV, you probably still aren’t high enough up off the ground to stare at anything higher than the doors of an 18-wheeler. Most people in passenger cars end up looking at the wheels of one more than anything else. The view doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

After all, 18-wheelers are big, heavy and certainly can’t stop on a dime, and only their drivers keep these mammoth beasts under control as they travel the Texas roadways with you. If you are like most people, you don’t like the thought of your fate in that person’s hands alone.

You can take some measures to enhance your safety

You aren’t solely at the mercy of truck drivers as you share the road with them. You can take certain measures to increase your odds of avoiding an accident involving a truck. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the following tips could make sharing the road a little less dangerous:

  • Avoid cutting off a truck since the stopping distance is much longer for an 18-wheeler than any passenger vehicle.
  • Make sure you stay out of the driver’s blind spots. If you can’t see the driver in the side mirror, he or she can’t see you either, which could end badly for everyone.
  • If you pass a truck, make sure you do so as quickly and safely as possible. Make sure the driver can see you and that you do not move in front of it until you can see the whole front of the truck in your rearview mirror.
  • Large trucks not only need more distance to stop but also need more distance to turn. Again, make sure you give 18-wheelers enough space so you don’t end up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
  • Keep your distance from behind the truck as well. Not only does getting too close limit your vision, but your vehicle could also end up in one of the driver’s blind spots.
  • Remain attentive at all times as you drive, especially around large trucks.

It goes without saying that you should avoid distractions, impairment and drowsiness when you drive, but it bears repeating.

You can’t always avoid a truck accident

No matter how many precautions you take, it may not be enough to prevent you from ending up in an accident caused by the driver of an 18-wheeler. If this does happen, then you could suffer serious injuries that will affect your life for some time, if not forever. Your financial losses could substantially impact your life and you may be able to pursue compensation for those losses.