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Avoiding Truck Accidents

Published on September 24th, 2019

If you are a truck driver, you know that you are driving something of significant size and power, making commercial trucks more dangerous on the roadway than your average vehicle. The weather in Chicago is cooling down, which means winter is getting close. Once snow begins to fall, the roads become a bit more dangerous, so as a driver sharing the road with trucks, make sure you are driving as safely as possible to avoid any accidents. As your experienced and professional truck accident lawyers serving Rockford, we wanted to list out some preventative measures to help avoid truck accidents.

Avoid Blind Spots

If you drive a commercial truck, you’re aware that it has many more blind spots than any other vehicle, so as someone who drives a car, make sure you stay out of the following areas because it could be difficult for a truck driver to see.

  • The lane on the driver’s side that goes about half of the truck trailer’s length
  • Roughly 20 feet in front of the truck and 30 feet behind the truck
  • Two lanes wide on the side of the truck

Chances are that if you cannot see the driver in the truck’s side mirrors, the truck driver may not be able to see you. Avoid blind spots at all times to ensure both you and a truck driver can stay safe while on the road.

Passing A Truck? Use Caution.

If you choose to pass a commercial truck while driving, be extra careful as they cannot stop as quickly or maneuver as easily should they need to. Truck drivers need more time to react to certain situations and adjust their speed, so don’t pass a truck while driving uphill or downhill. You should approach the truck on the left side while using a proper turning signal so the driver can see you easily and you can merge when you see the driver in your rearview mirror. When a truck is passing you, slow down to give the driver space and time to merge.

Avoid Distractions

If you are a distracted driver—whether you’re driving a truck or any other vehicle—you’re increasing your chances of harm or a dangerous accident. Stay away from any activity that will take your mind, your hands, or your eyes off the road. Don’t drink, eat food, or use your cellphone while you’re driving.

Leave Enough Distance Between You And A Truck

Trucks can weigh from 12,000 to 80,000 pounds—that’s a lot of weight you don’t want to be around in case of an accident. It takes longer for a truck than a car to come to a full stop, so make sure you leave enough space between vehicles so everyone has enough time to react should something unexpected occur on the road.

Pass Trucks On The Left-Hand Side

Passing a truck on the right side of the vehicle can put you at a serious risk of an accident. The truck drivers have a larger blind spot on the right side vs. the left, making their vision obscure to any drivers trying to pass them on the right side of the road.

Do Not Stop Abruptly In Front Of A Truck

If you are driving in front of a truck, try to step on your brakes slowly when necessary. You don’t want to make an abrupt halt in front of a heavy vehicle, so make sure you have a good distance between you and the truck for a safer drive.

Don’t Park Directly Behind A Truck

Avoid parking in a tight space, especially behind a truck. If an accident occurs, your car will reap more damage than the truck so always keep a few feet of distance if you have to park near a truck.

Don’t Assume A Truck Driver Sees You

We know that average cars have blind spots, so imagine the type of blind spots a truck has. In specific moments on the road, a truck may not be able to see you, so do not make quick maneuvers with a truck nearby because this is how accidents happen.

Avoid Your Phone

Whether you are driving near trucks—or driving at all—you should never be on your phone. Keep your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road at all times to avoid fatal accidents.

Contact American Law Firm Today

Did you know that accidents involving trucks are affected by many different laws and regulations than typical automobile accidents? Truck accidents can be damaging and serious if they occur, so be sure you contact your truck accident lawyers serving Rockford. American Law Firm is here to help ensure that you have determined and qualified representation for your personal injury case. We will help you get the compensation you deserve and help you stay stress-free.

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