How to Avoid Trucking Accidents

How to Avoid Trucking Accidents

There are 500,000 trucking accidents per year in the US. Many of these occur either due to aggressive driving or because people aren’t sure how to drive safely around large trucks. To help prevent these tragedies, we’ve put together our three best tips explaining how to avoid trucking accidents.

Look for the Mirrors

Most drivers aren’t aware of something called “the no-zone.” This is a huge blindspot around the truck, particularly in the front and back.

You’ve probably seen a sign on the back of a truck reading, “If you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you.” While this is a good starting point, it’s doesn’t completely describe the no-zone.

In general, truckers don’t know if there’s someone directly behind them, directly to their sides, or directly in front of them. Make sure you provide plenty of space before attempting to pass them and even more space before attempting to merge into their lane. The no-zone is especially wide on the driver’s right side, so avoid trying to pass them in the slow lane.

Pass Safely

When it’s time to pass a truck, make sure you do it on the left side. Trucks can’t see what’s directly behind them, so provide at least three car lengths of space before you pull out.

If you see the truck’s turn indicator come on as you’re passing them, you need to slow down and pull back. If you drive aggressively and try to “punish” them by blocking them in, you could cause an accident.

Trucks only get in the fast lane when they have to, usually because there’s a slower truck in front of them and it would be too dangerous to slow down. Never try to race ahead of a truck merging into your lane, it will end badly for everyone.

Merge Safely

When you pull ahead of a truck, you might be tempted to merge back into their lane right away. This is a mistake. When you pass a truck, never merge back into their lane until you can see the top of their trailer in your rear-view mirror.

The no-zone prevents truckers from seeing the first 30ft in front of their vehicles. If a small vehicle, like a smart car or a motorcycle, passes them and immediately merges, they won’t know when it’s safe to slow down. In the case of oncoming traffic, that could cause a tragic disaster.

If you or someone you love suffered severe injuries or even wrongful death in a trucking accident, we are here for you. If you'd like an experienced St. Francis county insurance claim attorney from Easley & Houseal, PLLC to evaluate your case, please send us an email or call (870) 330-0015.

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