While all motor vehicle accidents can cause life-changing injuries and damage, truck accidents are some of the most severe. These types of crashes can:
- Cause more serious injuries
- Cause more damage to your personal property
- Involve different laws and regulations
Truck accidents often result in serious or catastrophic injuries. Why?
- Large trucks need longer to stop. If the driver isn’t paying attention or someone cuts them off, they may not be able to stop in time to prevent a crash
- Large trucks need more room to navigate, so they’re more likely to tip while making turns that are too tight
- Trucks are much heavier than passenger vehicles. The force of the crash is likely to be higher because of that fact alone
As a driver of a typical consumer vehicle, your goal should be to play it safe around these larger trucks. While there is no way to guarantee that you’ll avoid a crash with a large truck, you can take steps to prevent them as a result of your actions.
As a driver of a passenger vehicle, you should:
- Give a truck driver plenty of warning if you plan to merge into their lane, slow down or stop
- Avoid staying in the truck’s blind spots, such as close to the rear of the trailer or alongside the truck. If you need to pass the truck, do so quickly
- Avoid cutting off the driver. Always give yourself plenty of space to maneuver and for the other driver to maneuver as well
With these tips, you may be able to stay safer. Truck crashes can be serious, but by taking steps to prevent them, you may be able to minimize the risk of a crash with a large truck.