Safety Tips for Passenger Vehicles Driving Next to Trucks

Safety Tips for Passenger Vehicles Driving Next to Trucks

How To Stay Safe When Sharing the Road with Commercial Vehicles

Smaller cars are no match when it comes to motor vehicle crashes with trucks. The weight and massive size of commercial vehicles and semi-trucks can cause severe injuries after a collision. While it's impossible to predict a truck accident, there are some things every motorist can do to limit their risks. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind.

Stay Out of Blind Spots

Large trucks have four blind spots:

  • In the front;
  • In the back;
  • On the left;
  • And particularly on the right.

If you can't see the truck driver in their side mirror, assume that they cannot see you. To avoid getting stuck in a truck's blind spot, slow down or carefully move ahead of the truck to stay visible.

Use Signals and Pass With Caution

In addition to ensuring you can see the truck driver in their side mirror, remember to use signals when passing. Signals are essential to alert all drivers on the road that you are about to make a move. It’s also important to remember to never pass from the right lane.

Leave Plenty of Room to Make Lane Changes

Before making lane changes, make sure the truck is fully visible in your rearview mirror. Giving some extra space between you and the truck before making a lane change can avoid a collision. Also, avoid making quick maneuvers to cut off a commercial vehicle from getting in front of you.

How to Handle a Truck Accident

Truck accidents are one of the most severe types of crashes that comes with a high risk of life-threatening injuries. After a truck crash, many victims are left with not only a long recovery process but the burden of medical bills from treatments and therapies.

Serious injuries need strong attorneys. Our attorneys have the experience needed to uphold your best interests and protect your rights. If you have suffered severe injuries due to another party's negligence, let us be your advocate in getting you the maximum compensation that you deserve. We'll fight tirelessly to ensure you receive the most successful outcome possible.

Contact Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. today at (417) 855-2022. For complex legal matters, we are here for you every step of the way.

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