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How to drive safely around large trucks

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2022 | Trucking Accidents |

Semitrucks are much larger and heavier than regular passenger vehicles. This makes it fairly dangerous for other drivers to share the road with them. It’s imperative that truckers and other motorists drive as safely as possible so everyone can get to their destination without incident.

There are several ways that people can enhance safety on roadways. Some of the more important methods include:

Following safety guidelines

Anyone operating a motor vehicle, including truckers, shouldn’t ever drive while they’re fatigued, impaired or distracted. All drivers must be able to handle their vehicles and make decisions while they’re driving. Aggressive driving and negligence don’t have any place on the roadways.

Leave space to maneuver

Semitrucks need to have ample space to stop, so you shouldn’t ever cut one off. They also need extra space to turn, which means they may need to use the lane to their right in order to make a right turn. Truckers don’t have rearview mirrors. Instead, they use the side mirrors, which means there are some areas around the truck that truckers can’t see.

One thing that’s imperative for all drivers is to ensure they seek medical care if they’re involved in a crash with a semitruck. The victim might opt to pursue a lawsuit against the party who’s liable for the wreck. This can help them to recover the money they spend on medical care and other financial damages they have because of their injuries. Each state has specific limits to how long you have to get this filed after the crash, so try not to delay seeking legal guidance.