Driving a passenger vehicle in close proximity to a commercial truck is easier said than done, as one false move from either of you could cause a serious accident.
You can only control so much as a driver, but there are steps you can take to prevent a car-truck accident. Here’s what you should do:
- Avoid blind spots: Truckers have large blind spots, especially the area directly behind and next to their vehicle. Don’t drive in these spots for an extended period of time.
- Pass with care: Yes, there are times when commercial trucks struggle to maintain their speed. As frustrating as it may be, you should still pass with care. This means using your turn signals and the left lane.
- Take caution when merging: Merging onto the highway in close proximity to a commercial truck is tricky, as they often find it difficult to quickly change speeds and move to another lane. Make sure you have enough space to comfortably and safely merge.
- Leave space when changing lanes: Without enough space, you increase the risk of the truck striking you from behind at a high rate of speed.
When you take these steps, you’ll find it easier to prevent a car-truck accident. You’ll also come to realize that you’re more confident every time you find yourself driving in close proximity to a large vehicle.
If a trucker causes an accident, such as by driving aggressively or falling asleep at the wheel, learn more about the steps you can take to hold them responsible for your injuries, damage to your vehicle and other losses associated with the crash.