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Tips to Avoid an Accident with a Semi-Truck

Car Accident with Trucks Can Be Avoided by Following These Tips

It goes without saying that getting involved in an accident with an 80,000 pound truck against your 3000 pound car is not a fair match-up.  The result can be significant injuries.  If you are ever in a truck accident and need help dealing with either the trucker’s insurance company or your own in order to recover your justifiable compensation for all losses incurred, call one of our attorneys any time of the day or night.  Our cell phone numbers follow:

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In order to avoid such an accident in the first place, RoadSafe America offers the following 9 tips.

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Driver Safety Tips

Passenger cars: Many crashes between heavy commercial trucks and passenger cars can be avoided by following these safety tips.

  • Be extra alert as you approach a large truck. They behave very differently from cars.
  • Avoid blind spots around trucks. If you can’t see a truck’s side mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you. One-third of all crashes between large trucks and cars take place in the blind spots around a truck.
  • Do not pass a truck on the right while the truck is turning right. Trucks must swing wide to the left to negotiate right turns safely, as the rear wheels follow a shorter path than the front wheels.
  • Do not cut in front of any large vehicle, including a truck or a bus. Since they require much more distance to stop in comparison to cars, forcing a large vehicle to stop quickly can result in a fatal accident.
  • Use the proper procedure to pass a large truck or bus on the highway. Accelerate slightly and maintain a consistent speed while passing. Wait until you can see the entire cab in your rear-view mirror before signaling and pulling in front of it.
  • Observe a truck’s turn signals before trying to pass it. If the truck appears to be starting a left turn, check which way the driver is signaling before passing the truck on the right.
  • Give trucks at least four to six seconds of space in wet conditions and at highway speeds.
  • Call authorities if you see unsafe driving.
  • Do not cut off a truck in traffic or on the highway to reach your exit or turn.

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