Truck accidents are extremely dangerous to both the truck driver and occupants of the smaller vehicles. You are likely to suffer life-changing injuries if you collide with a truck regardless of the kind of vehicle you are driving.
While you cannot completely eliminate the risk of an accident in Missouri, there are a number of things you can do to keep the chances of a dangerous collision low. Read on for a list of simple and straightforward measures to take when driving on the highway.
Tip #1: Follow traffic laws
Accidents are usually followed by lawsuits and the at-fault driver is held liable for damage and injuries sustained. If investigations show you were violating traffic laws at the time of the accident, regardless of who was directly at fault for it, the court will render you partly liable. Consider having a Schultz & Myers truck accident lawyer by your side to help you build a case and ensure your rights are not infringed during trial.
Tip #2: Beware of blind spots
Large trucks have considerably large blind spots and drivers may not see smaller vehicles in those areas. Typically, commercial truck blind spots are at the sides, the rear, and where the truck and the trailer connect. If you are driving beside a truck and you can’t see the driver in the side mirror, then they are not seeing you either and probably don’t know you are there at all. When overtaking, ensure the way is clear to be out of the truck’s blind spot as soon as possible.
Tip #3: Keep a safe distance
Due to the sheer weight of the vehicle they are driving, truck drivers may struggle reacting to emergencies or sudden hazards while on the road. Always leave a following distance of about five seconds to ensure you have enough time to react in case the truck driver suddenly slams the brakes.
Tip #4: Pass carefully
If a truck driver blinks their lights at you, it is an indication they are allowing you to pass. Always return the blink before passing. Also, ensure you can see the truck’s headlights in your rear mirrors before swerving back into its lane.
Never pass a turning truck regardless of the direction they are turning into. Much of the truck’s body slides across the road when making sharp turns; you can easily get sideswiped if you are driving too close on the adjacent lane.
Drive at safe speeds near trucks
Always adhere to speed limits and watch out for dangerous weather conditions when driving alongside or behind heavy trucks. Fog, snow, and rain all call for extra-careful driving regardless of the type of vehicles you are sharing the road with.
Leave a wider space when following trucks uphill
When going uphill, truck drivers need to shift gears. This can cause a backward drift, which can be quite dangerous if you are driving closely behind in a small passenger vehicle. Maintain a safe distance to allow you to stop or safely swerve off into another lane in case of an emergency.