Avoiding a Big Rig’s Blind Spots
No one enjoys driving near big rigs on the highway. Some speed up to pass these mammoth trucks. Others slow down to the speed limit and follow behind the truck for a while. Regardless of your approach to sharing the road with big rigs, you should do your best to stay out of their blind spots.
These large trucks have enormous blind spots compared to the average vehicle. If you are involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler, you need legal assistance right away. Our truck accident law attorneys at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys will collect evidence; develop a legal strategy; and battle the corporate trucking attorneys to obtain the compensation you need.
How to Drive Safely near Trucks:
Know Their Blind Spots
The average sedan has one blind spot: the area to the driver’s left, just behind him, where other vehicles often coast along without regard for their exact positioning. Driving in the blind spot of a regular vehicle is excusable, especially if traffic is heavy. However, there is little, if any, excuse that will suffice for driving in the blind spot of an 18-wheeler.
Do not drive immediately behind these large trucks. Make sure there is at least a four second gap between the truck and your vehicle. Furthermore, you should do your best to remain outside of the areas behind and to the left and right of the truck. Most of these large trucks have another hidden blind spot directly in front of them. These tall trucks have about a 20-foot blind spot face directly in front of the vehicle. If you are ever in a trucker’s blind spots, slow your rate of speed (if safe) and change lanes to exit the blind spot.
Take Your Time
Be patient when driving near big rigs. It will take some time for these large trucks to complete turns, pass other vehicles, come to a full stop, etc. Do not drive impatiently or recklessly. Refrain from honking your horn or using hand signals.
Never cut in Front of an 18-wheeler
It is a mistake to cut in front of an enormous truck. These mammoth vehicles are much heavier than the average automobile. If you attempt to cut in front of a truck of this size, you will position your vehicle smack dab in its blind spot. The truck driver might not even know your vehicle is ahead so there might not be any time to slam the brakes and avoid a potentially deadly accident.
Never Tailgate a Big Rig
If you do not want to increase your speed to pass a large truck, do not hang out in the right lane behind the truck for several miles. Tailgating a big rig is a mistake. If you are too close to the truck, the driver will not be able to see you. If he presses his brakes, you might slide right on down beneath the trailer. So drive at a distance when trailing a truck. Give yourself ample space to react to the road conditions and the truck driver’s decisions. All in all, there should always be between 15 and 20 vehicle lengths between your car and the truck.
Be Careful at Intersections
Large trucks require more space than regular vehicles when making turns. It is awfully easy for the truck driver to lose track of vehicles in the area when attempting to execute one of these difficult turns. Vehicles on the right side of the truck are particularly difficult to see. Leave that much more space for the truck driver to complete a turn to keep you, your loved ones and also your vehicle out of harm’s way.
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