Even the most confident drivers have at some point or another been nervous when driving beside a semi-truck or bus—and for good reason. These vehicles weigh thousands of pounds, can be carrying dangerous payloads, and are notorious for having large blindspots that can put you at risk. Rather than being afraid the next time you find yourself driving between a group of semis on the freeway or next to a bus on the road, Vigil Law Firm, P.A. in Albuquerque is here to give you the tips and advice you need to drive with confidence while remaining safe!
Truck Accidents on the Rise
As the demand for having goods shipped continues to increase, so does the amount of semi-trucks on the road. Where there are more trucks, naturally there is a higher chance of an accident occurring. According to a report by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were approximately “13.0 fatal large truck crashes per million people in the United States in 2017, a 23-percent increase from 10.6 in 2010.” And of those fatalities, 82 percent of the victims were from the passenger vehicle, not the driver or occupants of the semi-truck.
With these statistics in mind, it’s easy to see why so many of us have a tendency to panic when a large truck pulls up beside us on the road. However, there are plenty of things you can do as a driver to protect yourself and those around you. Keeping the following recommendations in mind may save yours or someone else’s life!
Maintaining Your Speed
Large vehicles have a much slower reaction time and due to their size, and if your speed is constantly alternating between too fast and too slow, truck drivers may have a more difficult time getting out of your way. Maintain your speed so that truck drivers can react to you more effectively.
Be Aware of Blind Spots
Large, commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks and passenger buses have several blind spots due to their large size. There are four main blind spots to avoid when you’re driving next to a semi, and these are:
- Up to 20 feet in front of the cab
- The left lane beside the driver, until about the midway point of the trailer
- The right two lanes on the driver’s passenger side, extending the length of the trailer
- Up to 30 feet behind the trailer
Keeping Your Distance
From making turns to changing lanes and coming to a stop, large trucks need significantly more space to perform these maneuvers safely. Give these drivers the courtesy of providing them more space. If you need to pass, try to do so on the vehicle’s left side and avoid lingering in their blind spots if possible. Before you change back into the lane in front of the truck, make sure you’ve given them over twenty feet of space to account for any unexpected braking that may occur and to stay out of their anterior blind spot.
Let Our Truck Accident Lawyers Fight for You
At Vigil Law Firm, P.A., our Albuquerque truck accident lawyers have experience standing up for victims of serious crashes. Whether you’ve been severely injured or wrongfully lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you can trust in us to fight for you and get you the compensation you need to take the next steps on the road to recovery. Call us at (505) 243-1706 to get a dedicated, experienced, and considerate attorney that will bring you the justice you deserve.