Large trucks can easily be five times as big as your vehicle making an accident with one a dangerous circumstance. The sheer size and weight of a big rig can cause extensive property damage and result in severe injuries for you.
If you get in the way of a large truck and the driver cannot see you or respond on time, no evasive action may be enough to prevent a collision.
Know the “no zones”
Driving alongside a large truck or too close to the front or the back means the driver cannot see you. These “no zone” areas have minimal visibility for truckers which means your risks of getting hit increase. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, if you cannot see a truck driver’s face in the truck’s mirror, your vehicle is not visible to the driver.
Observe traffic laws
Perhaps the most effective way to stay out of a truck’s blind spot is to observe traffic laws. Maintain a safe following distance when driving behind a truck. Allow ample time for a safe and controlled lane change when pulling in front of a truck. Always pass trucks on the left side and move out of the blind spot alongside a truck as quickly as possible. Pay close attention to traffic signs and construction zones so you can slow down without slamming on your breaks. This should allow larger vehicles behind you to also respond with control.
If you suffer injuries in a collision with a truck, you may choose to seek legal assistance. An attorney can help you organize your case to hopefully secure some compensation for the injuries you have endured.