There are many features of large trucks that increase the risk of accidents. Trucks weigh more and require a longer stopping distance than passenger cars. However, according to research data, at least half of collisions involving commercial vehicles are caused by the negligence of drivers of passenger vehicles.
By taking the following precautions, passenger car drivers can significantly lower their risk of being involved in an accident with a truck.
Stay Out of the Blind Spot
Due to their larger size, commercial trucks have much larger blind spots than a typical passenger vehicle. When you are passing a truck, it is important to move out of the driver’s blind spots as quickly as possible. Pass on the driver’s side and avoid driving next to a large truck.
Pro Tip: Look at the side mirrors on the truck. If you cannot see the driver’s face in the mirror, the driver cannot see you.
Give the Truck Space
Semi-tractor-trailers require more space to slow down or stop because they are heavier and bigger than passenger cars. You run the risk of colliding with a truck if you follow it too closely and the driver has to brake quickly. Always allow four seconds or more between your car and the commercial truck in front of you.
If you need to pass a large truck, do so quickly because they cannot stop as quickly as passenger cars. Follow these tips for safely passing a truck:
Only pass on the left.
Never try to pass while going up or downhill.
Wait until you can see the driver clearly in your rearview mirror before moving back into the lane in front of the truck.
This is important in any driving situation, but especially when it comes to proximity to large trucks. Use signals clearly so that a truck driver can see what you intend to do and can adjust their own driving accordingly. Never change lanes or turn without using your signals.
Never Play “Chicken” with a Truck
If you think a truck is going to try to pass you or get in front of you, let it. The highway isn’t a time to be “right” or faster, even if you think you have the right of way.
Even though you might want to stay in line with the flow of traffic, passing a commercial truck at a higher speed, swerving into their blind spots, or cutting them off to go ahead of them could result in an deadly accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in Connecticut, contact us at (203) 331-8888 or visit Hirsch Andrade LLP online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.