Tips for Avoiding Accidents with Commercial Trucks
Be aware of a truck’s blind spots. Many times there are notices on a truck signifying where this is. Do not drive alongside a large truck for a long amount of time, except when passing. If you cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s mirror, he probably can’t see you.
Make sure that you drive responsibly, don’t talk on the phone, or text while driving. Do not drive distracted, focus on the road, and drive friendly. If a truck driver is driving aggressively, slow down and let him pass.
Do your best to be ready for anything. Know where traffic is around you, and being ready to change lanes if necessary. Don’t tailgate or slow down in front of big rigs. Many times trucks have debris flying off of them, or blowouts that can cause danger to vehicles around them. Keeping a good amount of distance between you and the semi truck can help avoid collision with these items.
Always be aware of a truck’s turn signals, brake lights, and backup lights. Large trucks need to make wide, slow turns that may involve stopping and backing up. They also can not stop quickly. Giving them enough room to maneuver will help to avoid a collision.
If you see a truck driver driving recklessly or aggressively, contact the authorities immediately, and make sure you pull safely off the road to do so.
Driving cautiously and patiently while working to avoid an accident is the best way to keep you and your family safe. If you do find yourself involved in an accident contact a truck accident attorney at The Green Law Firm in South Carolina to help you receive the compensation you are entitled to. Find out more at our Truck Accident Page.