It is common for people to assume that when a big rig accident occurs, it is most likely the fault of the truck driver. This is not true. In fact, there are certain limitations that semi-truck drivers deal with that can make it more difficult to prevent an accident than it is for a small vehicle driver. Keep reading to find out how small driver vehicles can prevent accidents with these big trucks, then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Semi-Trucks Have Certain Limitations
A heavyweight commercial rig has a number of limitations you will not find with a smaller vehicle. First, they are not able to slow down or speed up as quickly as a smaller vehicle can. This means that if they need to get away from an impending accident, they cannot speed up to avoid it, nor can they necessary slow down to avoid it.
Second, they cannot see smaller objects as well as smaller vehicles can. This can lead to an increase in pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, and accidents with smaller passenger vehicles. Trucks also have a much wider turning radius and are top-heavy, which can make them more unstable when making sharp turns or moving into high winds.
Finally, drivers of trucks are often under tight delivery schedules, which can make them more likely to feel pressured to speed or to drive when they are too drowsy to drive safely.
Steps Passenger Vehicle Drivers Can Take
The good news is that as a passenger vehicle driver, there are steps you can take to help you reduce your chance of being involved in a truck accident. First and foremost, always assume that the truck driver cannot see you and act accordingly. Never drive in their blind spot zone and if you are behind them, make sure that you are leaving enough distance that you can safely stop if they do.
While you can pass a big rig, do not drive next to them for any longer than you absolutely have to. Do not linger next to them, and if there is a long line of people passing the truck, hang back and wait to pass until they have all passed. Always keep an eye on these large trucks to make sure they are not swerving or drifting. If you are driving by a truck that is broken down on the road, be respectful, and pull into the left lane if possible.
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If you have been injured in a big rig accident, and you believe that someone else was partially or wholly at fault, then we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.