How Can I Protect Myself When Sharing the Road with Large Trucks?

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It's no secret that sharing the road with large trucks can be scary and intimidating, especially when driving a vehicle that's a third of their size. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, large trucks typically can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. This makes accidents involving large trucks hazardous and likely for injuries sustained to be severe and life-changing. When sharing the road with large trucks, there are many things drivers can do to help protect themselves from a collision. Some of which include:

Passing on the Left Side

Although taught in driving school, many people pass on the right-hand side of the road rather than the left. When attempting to pass a large truck, it's crucial that you follow the rules of the road and pass on the left. Truck drivers have been taught to swerve to the right in an emergency in their training sessions. Therefore, passing a truck on the left-hand side will help alleviate being caught in the act of a truck driver having to move right suddenly.

Be Aware of the “No Zones”

“No Zones” are dangerous areas or blind spots associated with trucks and buses. No zones are typically in the front, back, and each side of the large vehicle but can vary depending on their size. Most drivers are unaware of these zones, making it dangerous to share the road with larger vehicles.

Never Cut Off a Truck

Large trucks require more room to stop or slow down because of their size and weight. Cutting a truck driver off when sharing the road is a quick way to put yourself and everyone else on the road in danger because it can cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle. In many states, this is illegal and can put drivers at risk of being ticketed.

Do Not Tailgate

Truck drivers aren't able to see vehicles in their rear no-zones because they don't have rear-view mirrors. When sharing the road with large trucks avoiding tailgating is essential to staying safe. Traveling where a truck driver cannot see you is very dangerous, so it's important to remember if you cannot see the driver in their mirrors, the driver cannot see you.

We Can Help

Even with proper driving practices, truck accidents cannot always be avoided. If you or someone you know has been involved in a collision with a large truck, it may be beneficial to contact a lawyer immediately. They can review the details of your case, give appropriate legal action, and help you get the justice you deserve. Here at Hanna Allen, PLLC, we have the skill and expertise to fight your case so you can take the time to rest and recover. Please don't feel like you are alone, we are here to help.

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