Should I Drive Defensively Next to Trucks?

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Trucks are large and can easily block your view of the road, so always be prepared for the unexpected. Be especially cautious when passing a truck, as they require more space to make a turn. Remember to use your signal and to check blind spots before changing lanes.

Trucks need more time to brake, so always leave plenty of distance between you and the truck in front of you. Beware of the wind created by a large truck – it can easily knock you off course. Finally, avoid driving in the dust cloud created by a truck. It can reduce your visibility and cause accidents. If, unfortunately, you are involved in a semi-truck accident, our law firm can help you—Call 704-376-8012 for the help you need.

What Should I Do When Passing Semi-Trucks?

It’s always best to give a truck plenty of room when passing. The recommended distance is at least three times the size of the truck. So, if the truck is 50 feet long, you should give it at least 150 feet of space when passing. When passing a truck, you should leave plenty of room. If you can’t see the driver in their mirror, they can’t see you. Give them plenty of space and never cut them off.

If you can’t pass a truck safely, wait until there is a break in traffic, and then merge into the open lane. Never drive alongside a truck, as this can be dangerous for both you and the truck driver.

Following these simple tips can help keep you safe on the road when driving next to trucks:

  • Use your signal to indicate that you’re going to pass
  • Make sure the lane is clear before passing
  • Pass on the left side of the truck (never pass on the right)
  • Stay at least six seconds behind the truck when passing

What Should I Avoid When Passing a Large Truck?

Large trucks can be a menace on the road. When passing one, it’s important to take extra care to avoid accidents. Here are some tips for safely passing a large truck:

  • Avoid driving in the blind spot – The blind spot is the area around a large truck where the driver cannot see if you drive in this area, the truck driver may not see you and could end up hitting you.
  • Don’t pass on the right – Passing on the right is dangerous because you may not be able to see oncoming traffic. This can lead to a serious accident.
  • Don’t follow too closely – When driving around a large truck, make sure there is plenty of space between your car and the truck. This will give you plenty of time to react if something goes wrong.

What If I Get Into a Truck Accident?

If you are involved in an accident with a truck, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First and foremost, it is important to stay safe. Do not attempt to move the vehicle if it is not safe to do so. If the vehicle is blocking traffic, try to move it off the road if possible. If there is a danger of fire, do not move the vehicle.

Make sure to call the police and report the accident. Be sure to give them as much information as possible, including the name and contact information for the truck driver, the license plate number of the truck, and any other details you remember.

It is also important to seek medical attention right away if you are injured. Even if you don’t think you are injured, it is important to get checked out by a doctor. Many injuries, such as whiplash, may not show symptoms immediately.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, our law firm can help. We have experience dealing with these types of accidents and can assist you.

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