Trucking accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and damages – but did you know that statistics show truck drivers are generally much more careful on the road than automobile drivers? The fact is that trucking accidents are sometimes caused by the negligence of car drivers – so it’s important to know how to avoid getting into an accident with a commercial truck.
Trucks are Less Maneuverable – The first thing car drivers must understand is that semis and other large trucks are far less maneuverable than cars. Because of their size and weight, they start moving more slowly and take much more time to slow down and stop.
Keep Your Distance – One of the main causes of car/truck accidents is lack of a safe distance between the two. Never tailgate a truck and stay far behind them if you are unable to safely pass the truck.
Blind Spots– Large trucks have more and larger blind spots than cars. The rule of thumb is that if you can’t see the truck driver in his mirrors then he can’t see you either – so take precautions accordingly.
Bad Conditions – Bad driving conditions such as rain, sleet, snow, fog or smoke mean that you must be extra careful in keeping your distance from large trucks, as the driver is dealing with these conditions as well.
Aggressive Driving – You should never drive aggressively and attempt unsafe maneuvers when passing or driving directly behind or in front of large trucks. Always remember that trucks are less maneuverable than your car – so the driver can’t get out of your way quickly.