When a crash involves a car and a truck, the results are usually not good for the car driver. Serious injuries – often in the form of broken bones, injuries to the neck, back or spinal cord; and traumatic brain injuries – are sadly all too commonly reported from such accidents.
Even though they make up just 4% of all road traffic, large trucks are responsible for 12% of all fatal vehicle accidents.
In this issue, we’ll provide defensive driving tips you can use on the roads as you encounter large trucks.
Why is it challenging to drive around large trucks?
Drivers of large trucks have significant operating limitations, including blind spots, a need for wider-than-normal turns and longer stopping distances. Because of that, it’s critical that other drivers be aware of these limitations, and have the knowledge and ability to adjust. .
How to Drive Near and Around the Big Rigs
The tips below were originally offered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The agency recently launched their “Our Roads, Our Safety” education program designed to bring more awareness about the need for motorists in cars and trucks alike to share the road.
Stay out of their blind spots.
Because of the size of their trucks (usually 70-80 feet), truckers have very limited visibility on either side of their rig. These blind spots include:
- Directly in front
- Directly in back
- Along each side of the truck – particularly the right side.
If you’re going to pass, don’t hesitate.
Always pass on the truck’s left side. Even if you’re using cruise control, do not try to keep pace with the truck; pass it quickly.
Don’t cut too closely in front.
Because the height of the truck cab (where the driver sits) is so steep, the trucker may not be able to see you. Also, the trucker needs more time and distance than you in order to stop.
Keep your distance when following from behind.
It’s best to maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and other drivers. In the case of large trucks, try to maintain a four (4) second distance. If the trucker isn’t aware of where you are, you could rear-end the truck if a sudden stop or adjustment has to be made.
Stay focused; No Distracted Driving
When you’re behind or near a large truck, refrain from any phone use. Distracted driving is dangerous enough. It’s even more dangerous when you’re in such close proximity of a large truck.
If You’re a Large Truck Accident Victim, Call The Fitzgerald Law Firm
It’s crucial that you leverage the skills and experience of a qualified lawyer if you’re involved in an accident with a large truck.
The reasoning is clear: trucking companies and their drivers have strict state and federal regulations they must follow. Violations of state and federal laws can provide the basis for establishing fault.
Here’s at The Fitzgerald Law Firm, we immediately work to collect and preserve evidence, including trucking company records.
If you’re involved in an accident with a large truck, don’t take your chances in dealing with their insurance providers on your own. Their main goal is to pay you as little as possible.
Instead, call the experts here at The Fitzgerald Law Firm.
The first consultation is always free, and our number is 1-800-323-9900.