Trucks pose significant hazards to other vehicles on the road. In the event of an accident, passenger vehicles can be demolished and their passengers catastrophically injured.
Therefore, it is important to drive defensively near large trucks so you can protect yourself. Below are safety tips to help you while out on the road.
#1. Beware of Blind Spots
Trucks have large blind spots directly in front, directly behind, and on either side of them. When your vehicle is in one of these blind spots, it is likely the truck driver cannot see you. This makes the possibility of an accident significantly greater.
You can’t always avoid a truck’s blind spots entirely. However, spending as little time in the blind spots as possible can reduce the chances of a truck accident.
#2. Give a Truck Driver Enough Reaction Time
Due to the large size and weight of commercial trucks, they require a much greater stopping distance than a typical passenger vehicle. Therefore, it is vital that you never cut off a truck when changing lanes. A good rule of thumb to follow is to wait until the truck is visible in your rearview mirror before changing lanes.
#3. Take Extra Caution on Hills
Most trucks are required to stay in the right lane when ascending hills. It is smart for you to stay out of the right lane so you are not at risk of an accident caused by a truck’s failing brakes. If a truck is not staying in the right lane when ascending a hill, make sure to give the truck enough following distance, and try to get around the truck when it’s safe to do so.
Injured in a Truck Accident? We’re Here to Help
Even if you take all of these safety measures, truck accidents can still happen, sometimes due to a trucking company or truck driver’s negligence. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck accident, our Los Angeles trial attorneys are here to help you seek justice. We have helped countless clients recover the compensation they deserve after a serious accident, and we’re prepared to do the same for you.
Call Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman at (855) 948-5098 to schedule a free consultation.