Fatigued drivers and negligent hiring practices can put drivers who share the road with trucks in peril, but there are several ways you can help minimize your risk of being involved in a truck crash.
Keep as much distance as you can manage between your car and any trucks. Because of their massive size, trucks have much bigger blind spots than personal-use vehicles. If you cannot see the truck’s side mirrors, then the truck driver probably cannot see you.
Only pass trucks on their left side. The blind spot on the right side of a truck is much larger than the blind spot on the left side. Oftentimes, a truck driver who merges into the left lane is just giving themselves more room to cut back over and make a right turn. If you try to pass the truck on its right side during this maneuver, the truck driver may not see you until it is too late and turn in front of you.
Keeping your distance is also important to make sure you are not in danger if a truck blows a tire. The large amount of weight placed on each tire means that blowouts are fairly common. If you are too close and a truck blows a tire, you may have to swerve to avoid the tire piece and end up running into another car or off the road.
Be cautious while passing trucks during high wind. Trucks’ height makes them susceptible to being blown over by strong gusts of wind.
The aftermath of a truck crash can be frightening and confusing, and you might not know what your next steps should be. The attorneys at Abramson & O’Connell are prepared to represent you in these complex cases.