Close view of the back of a semi truck on a busy street with cars coming in the opposite direction

Tips for How to Avoid Accidents With Large Trucks

While large trucks pose significant risks to drivers on the road, it’s important that we all learn how to share the road with one another in order to avoid collisions. Keep reading for tips on how to avoid getting into accidents with big trucks.

Tips

The following are some tips you can use to help you avoid being involved in collisions with large trucks:

Stay Out of the Blind Spots

Large trucks have many more (and larger) blind spots than passenger cars do. As you can see from the graphic below, trucks have blind spots on all sides of the vehicle, including at least 20 feet ahead. Never sit in a truck’s blind spot, because the consequences could be disastrous.

Stay out of large trucks' blind spots

Be Cautious When Passing

When you need to pass a truck, it’s important that you do so on the left side where the driver is better able to see you. In addition, don’t get in front of the truck until you can clearly see the driver in your rearview mirror.

Use Your Blinkers

Before passing a truck, it’s your responsibility to use your turn signals so that the truck driver knows what you plan to do. Turn your blinker on with plenty of time for the truck driver to adjust the course if needed. It’s very dangerous to change lanes in front of a truck suddenly.

Give Trucks Lots of Space

Don’t drive near trucks for too long. When you drive alongside trucks for an extended period of time, your risk of being involved in an accident due to the following significantly increases:

  • Tire blowouts
  • Sudden braking
  • High winds

Contact Us For Help

If you’ve been involved in an injury-sustaining accident with a truck or another type of vehicle, our Hudson Valley truck accident attorneys here at The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC may be able to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Don’t hesitate to contact our office with the details of your case right away.

Call the New York lawyers at The Ahearne Law Firm, PLLC today at (845) 763-4100 to speak with an accomplished attorney about your case.

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