Sharing the road with large trucks can be intimidating and for good reason. Semi-trucks are significantly larger in size and weight compared to smaller passenger vehicles. If an accident were to occur, those in a passenger vehicle are much more likely to be injured, often suffering serious injuries.
Simple driving mistakes near large trucks can quickly become catastrophic. Some of the most common driving behaviors that play a role in truck accidents include:
- Failing to remain in the lane
- Running off the road
- Not yielding the right of way
- Distracted drivers
- Disobeying traffic signals and signs
- Driving too fast or too close for weather conditions
Everything about large trucks requires greater attention on behalf of the truck driver and other motorists on the road. Although you cannot control how others act on the roads, there are some tips you should keep in mind when sharing the road with trucks:
- Avoid truck blind spots by making sure you can see the drivers face in the truck’s mirrors at all times
- Pass with caution the left side of the truck provides maximum visibility
- Do not cut off a truck it takes much longer for them to stop in an emergency
- Do not tailgate
- Allow trucks extra room for turns, especially when they are making a right turn
- Pay close attention and do not drive while distracted
- Practice patients and do not get aggressive when driving near trucks
Driving near trucks should be done with care and attention. However, if you are involved in a truck accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
Contact our Windsor truck accident lawyers to schedule a free consultation to review your claim and learn more about your legal rights.