Sharing the road with semi-trucks can be intimidating. Accidents with big rigs tend to result in catastrophic injuries for passenger drivers. If a trucker acts negligently on the road, he or she becomes responsible for injuries caused by the accident.
To help avoid future accidents, passenger drivers can take measures to reduce the risks.
Be aware of a trucker’s limitations
Large trucks have more limitations than smaller vehicles. For example, a truck requires a longer stopping distance. Generally, a semi-truck needs about the length of two football fields to come to a safe stop. In addition to needing more room to stop, a truck also requires space for wide turns. When a large truck needs to turn, pay close attention and stay back to offer extra room.
When trucks turn into the right lane, they cannot maneuver as easily. You may notice that a truck will initially move left to create enough space to turn.
Be patient and pass when appropriate
When you cannot see the trucker’s face in the rearview mirror, he or she cannot see you either. Be wary of blind spots and never pass when going downhill. Trucks will need extra space to change lanes. Remember that trucks have to drive slower due to size and cargo. Be patient and understand that the vehicle may be going as quickly as it can.
A semi-truck may weigh up to 30 times more than your passenger vehicle. An accident with a semi-truck can result in severe damage to your vehicle and, ultimately, severe injuries.