Accidents with commercial trucks can be disastrous. Big rigs can weigh
anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds, so if a commercial vehicle strikes
another automobile or a person with that much weight at high speed, the
catastrophic. Many people know that big trucks are dangerous, but they aren’t
entirely aware of how much. While they might try and avoid driving next
to a semi, some smaller vehicles will perform dangerous maneuvers, such
as passing a truck on the wrong side. Here are a few tips to help drivers
of smaller vehicles be safer on the road with commercial trucks nearby.
Be Aware of a Truck Driver’s Field of Vision
If a truck begins to wander into your lane, it’s likely because the
driver can’t see you. Commercial trucks have many blind spots on
both sides, directly in front, and directly in back of the vehicle. Smaller
cars have the unfortunate tendency to sit in those places longer than
they should, which often causes sideswipe accidents. If you’re aware
of these blind spots, you can avoid them.
While commercial trucks are large and powerful, their bulk also makes them
slower. They have a slightly slower speed limit than the rest of the vehicles
on the highway, and their weight makes it much harder for them to come
to a stop quickly. For example, if a truck is going 65 miles per hour
and needs to stop, it needs about 200 yards of space (nearly the length
of 2 football fields) to do so. They have the same problem with speeding
up. However, just because trucks have a slower reaction time, it doesn’t
mean you can cut them off without repercussions. Be patient with large
trucks to keep yourself safer.
Wind / Drafts
Semi trucks have a log of surface area, which gives the wind more space
on which to push the vehicle. An imbalanced truck could be pushed right
over and onto any nearby vehicles. Likewise, big trucks can often leave
slipstreams in their wake, which can cause smaller vehicles to wobble.
If you are caught by surprise, you could cause an accident if you overcorrect
the steering as a result.
The best thing to do when sharing a road with a commercial vehicle is to
give it plenty of space. If you have to pass it, do so quickly and on
the left-hand side. However, if you are a loved one were injured by a
negligent truck driver, give our skilled
Greenville truck accident attorneys a call.
Contact us at (864) 408-8890 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case