The nation’s roadways are filled with truckers who haul the goods that consumers and others need. While these large and heavy trucks serve a valuable purpose, they’re also very dangerous to drive around. All drivers must ensure that they’re paying close attention to what’s going on around them.
There are a few things that drivers must remember when they’re around these big rigs. All of these points can help to keep them and others around them as safe as possible.
Stay out of the trucker’s blind spots
Don’t drive on the side of the semitruck unless you’re passing them. Semitrucks have large blind spots where the trucker can’t see smaller vehicles. Being in a blind spot put you at risk of being struck if the trucker changes lanes.
Never cut off a big rig
Semitrucks take a long time to stop, so you shouldn’t ever cut them off. You’re at risk of being rear-ended if you cut in front of the 18-wheeler and the trucker doesn’t have time to stop. This can be catastrophic.
Always drive when you’re sober and able to watch the roadway. All drivers should avoid operating a vehicle if they’re fatigued, distracted, impaired or otherwise unable to operate a vehicle safely.
All drivers must ensure they’re operating their vehicles in a safe manner. Despite using proper safety techniques, there’s a chance that others on the road, including the truckers, may cause a crash. Victims of crashes with semitrucks can suffer from catastrophic injuries, so they’re likely to need considerable medical care. They may opt to seek compensation for the financial damages that come with this type of crash, but they should do so swiftly due to the time limits for personal injury cases that are set by state law.