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Safety Tips to Share the Road with Commercial Trucks & Big Rigs


Truck accidents involving large commercial big rigs, semi-trucks, and 18-wheelers are often found to be the fault of either the trucker or the trucking company. Accident investigations tend to end with the conclusion that the truck driver was being negligent, or perhaps he or she was exhausted due to an unreasonably long work schedule. The truth remains, however, that many trucking accidents could be avoided or minimized had motorists in smaller vehicles exercised more caution.

The next time you are near a semi-truck on the road, remember these safety tips:

  • Blind spots: You know the blind spots in your car, and two quick glances more or less cover them. But in a commercial truck, there are multilane blind spots on all four sides of the bigger vehicle. You can click here to visit the New York DMV’s website, where you can familiarize yourself with the large blind spots using a helpful diagram.
  • Right-side passing: Due to the massive blind spot on the right side of a commercial truck, it is not recommend that you try to pass a tractor trailer on this side. Use the left side of the vehicle whenever possible. You may even see large decals on 18-wheelers that warn drivers not to use the right side. Furthermore, trucks make unexpectedly sharp right-hand turns, so you must be careful not to get caught there as it turns.
  • Blinkers: Even when using all mirrors and paying close attention to the road, it might be difficult for a truck driver to notice smaller vehicles, especially motorcycles and little sedans. Make certain to always increase your own visibility by using your blinkers before changing lanes. You will also reduce your own liability in case of a crash if you always use your signals.
  • Braking distance: The enormous weight of a commercial truck translates to more force at highway speeds than a smaller, lighter vehicle. The physics of this equation therefore means more force is needed to stop it. If you must drive in front of a big rig, you should give it more space behind you than the average car for this reason. Otherwise, it could slam into when trying to brake suddenly, even at lower speeds.

Legal Representation After a Truck Accident

The most careful driving in the world might not be enough to avoid a trucking accident, especially if the trucker is behaving negligently. If you ever get hurt by a commercial truck, then you can contact our New York personal injury lawyers from Belushin Law Firm, P.C. for legal assistance. Throughout our years of personal injury law experience, we have managed to recover millions of dollars for our clients through successful verdicts and settlements.

Start by calling 888.918.9890 to request an initial consultation today.

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