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How to Drive Safely Near Semi-Trucks

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Nov 26, 2018 in Truck Accidents

semi truck on rainy roadSemi-truck accidents are some of the most dangerous traffic accidents. This is why it is so important to travel safely and cautiously around these large vehicles. They need more time to slow down and maneuver to avoid trouble, increasing the risk of accidents.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a semi-truck accident that resulted from negligence, you could greatly benefit from seeking legal representation. The New Haven truck accident lawyers at D’Amico & Pettinicchi offer a free, no obligation legal consultation to truck accident victims.

Stay Out of Blind Spots

There are multiple blind spots for drivers of semi-trucks - blind spots are locations where a truck driver cannot see other motorists. Trucks have much larger blind spots than passenger vehicles.

Semi-truck blind spots are located:

  • Behind the truck
  • On the sides of the truck
  • Within 1,000 feet in front of the truck

Make sure not to linger in blind spots for too long. If possible, slow down or change lanes to get out of a blind spot.

Pass the Truck Safely

Pass a semi-truck on the left-hand side, but if you are heading downhill you should wait to pass until the road levels off. Make sure not to pass while you are in a blind spot or to pass the truck and move into one of its blind spots. 

If a truck is passing you on the left, make sure to move to the right and slow down. Trucks need extra space to merge and change lanes.

Do Not Follow Too Closely

If you are too close, you may not have enough time to slow down or stop if the truck driver suddenly slams on his or her brakes. Without enough time, you could ram into the undercarriage or another part of the semi-truck. This is a common cause of truck accidents.

Following at an appropriate distance provides sufficient time and room to help prevent a crash. You should give the truck even more space in bad weather or when there is decreased visibility, such as when you are on the road at night.

Anticipate Wide Turns

Semi-trucks and larger vehicles require space and wide areas to turn. If you are near a truck when it is attempting to make a turn, there are a few things to remember:

  • Remain stopped until the truck finishes its turn
  • Never block the intersection, make sure to stop behind the white line

Signal Your Intentions

If you intend to turn near a truck or pass in front of one, you should always use your turn signals. Make sure you turn on your signal while you are still visible to the truck driver. Make sure the signal is on at least three seconds before you make the turn or pass the truck. 

Do Not Drive While Distracted

Distractions come in many forms. Passenger vehicle drivers should avoid all of these distractions when out on the road, particularly when they are near semi-trucks. Some of the most common distractions include:

  • Using a cellphone while driving
  • Looking at paperwork or taking attention away from the road
  • Drinking or consuming drugs when behind the wheel
  • Paying attention to the radio or other electronics in the vehicle 

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If you or a loved one suffered injuries from an accident caused by negligence, contact us to learn what legal options are available to you. The legal team at D'Amico & Pettinicchi is here to help you pursue compensation for the injuries and damages you suffered.

We are ready to review your case in a free legal consultation. You will not be charged for having us represent you unless you are compensated.

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