Truck drivers and trucking companies need to take all the appropriate precautions
and meet all
federal trucking regulations to help prevent
trucking accidents, from properly training drivers to ensuring routine maintenance is performed
on the big rig. However, everyone on the road has some responsibility
to try to reduce the chances of getting into a collision with a commercial
truck. By doing your part to stay out of a truck accident, you not only
protect yourself but you also decrease, or possibly eliminate, your liability
in case a crash does happen.
Here is a quick list of basic safety tips you should remember and follow
whenever driving near a big rig:
Stay out of blind spots: A commercial truck has massive blind spots on all four sides of it. If
you cannot see the driver directly or through one of the mirrors on the
cab, then the driver most likely cannot see you. Try to give 18-wheelers,
big rigs, and semi-trucks a wide berth on the road whenever possible to
minimize your chances of lingering in a blind spot.
Don’t pass on the right: The largest of a truck’s blind spots is the one on its right side.
For most commercial trucks, the right-side blind spot is shaped like a
cone, originating at the passenger door and extending outward. It completely
obscured multiple lanes of traffic there, so you should always try to
avoid passing on the right.
Leave space in front: As you might notice by now, truck safety is largely centered on blind spot
awareness. With this said, do not go directly in front of a commercial
truck, as there is a sizeable blind spot there as well. Additionally,
it is difficult for a big rig to stop suddenly in case of emergencies,
like a crash unfolding ahead of it. If you are right in front of the commercial
truck, you could be
Use your blinker: Truck drivers need all the help that they can get to notice other smaller
vehicles around them. Be sure to always use your blinker when changing
lanes or merging, especially at night. The easy-to-spot flickering can
be all the difference between a safe trip and a crash.
Fix headlights and taillights: The headlights and taillights of your own vehicle are also crucial for
visibility. Do not let any of these lights to be inoperable for too long.
If you know you do have a headlight or taillight out, then you should
be all the more mindful of commercial truck locations around you and steer clear.
All the safety measures in the world cannot guarantee you will not be in
a truck accident, especially if a trucker is negligent or
exhausted. In case you ever are hurt in a collision with a big rig, Mainetti, Mainetti
& O'Connor, P.C. are here to help.
Contact our Kingston and Poughkeepsie personal injury lawyers online, or dial
845.340.HURT, to get trusted and experienced legal representation and guidance when
filing your claim.