The trucking industry is vital to supplying the country with various goods and products. While these large trucks are important for transporting, they can be devastating in an accident. According to driving-tests.org, there are about 130,000 people that are injured each year due to commercial truck collisions. Some of these collisions can be prevented by practicing safe driving. Below are a few tips on how to drive safe near a semi.
Put more space between your car and the semi
Whether you are on a highway or a rural road, be sure to include extra space between your car and a semi. Large trucks need ample time for stopping, so an accident can easily occur. When commercial trucks are following too close, it is safer to choose a different lane and let them pass rather than get involved in a potential collision.
Wait for the semi to make the turn first
Commercial trucks also need extra room for turns, especially in the city where turns may be tighter. Let the semi go first and make their turn instead of turning at the same time in the next lane. Wide turns can be dangerous for smaller cars that are in the way.
Stay out of blind spots
A semi has a larger blind spot compared to other types of vehicles. A good rule of thumb is to look at the truck’s mirrors. If you can’t see them, then they can’t see you. Also, take extra caution when passing a semi on the highway. If you have to be in a blind spot, be sure to increase your speed slightly to pass the truck quickly and safely. This will ensure that you do not stay in their blind spot too long.
Remain alert at all times
It only takes a few seconds of being distracted for a situation to turn dire. Avoid texting while driving and pay close attention to your surroundings. You never know when a semi driver has been awake for an extended period of time to deliver products. If they start to fall asleep, being alert will help you make a quick decision to prevent a tragic collision.
Have you been in an accident with a semi?
Commercial trucking accidents can be disastrous. If you have been injured in a wreck involving a semi, call an experienced attorney, like the law firm of Attorney Dean Boyd. Our Team has the knowledge and skills to get you the compensation you deserve. You can reach us at (806) 242-3333 or Contact Us by email.