Safeguarding Yourself From a Potential Big Rig Accident
While pursuing the filing of a claim can be a complicated matter without the help of an expert attorney, there are several actions you can take immediately to prevent such a catastrophe from occurring.
According to the National Traffic Safety Institute, over 200,000 accidents occur every year that involve at least one automobile and one semi-truck. Big rig drivers are obligated to follow federal safety rules and regulations to minimize truck-related collisions from occurring on roadways. There are several key steps you can practice regularly in order to ensure you are doing your part for a safer commute for all.
Be mindful of a semi-truck’s blind spots. – Large semi-trucks need a generous amount of space when making turns. A big rig’s blind spots are significantly larger than that of regular vehicles. This commonly causes a visibility problem for big rigs. Often, big rigs will have a statement printed on the vehicle’s body claiming that if you cannot see the truck driver in his or her side view mirror, there is a high probability that he or she cannot see you either. For this reason, you want to stay visible to a truck driver as best as you can.
Wait for the appropriate time to pass a big rig. – When a semi-truck is attempting to make a turn, do not attempt to speed past it in order to avoid waiting for it to make its turn. There is a high probability that the truck driver did not see you. Gaining a few seconds of time is not worth being hit by the big rig, much less being killed for it.
Do not attempt to shift into the truck driver’s lane if there is not enough space. – Switching lanes directly in front of a semi-truck and not giving the driver enough space when passing has the potential to result in the using of your breaks unexpectedly in front of a big rig. Semi-trucks inability to quickly slow down or stop can be a major hazard for you and other nearby drivers. A sudden brake can produce a serious accident that can involve numerous vehicles.
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