Semi-trucks are a common sight for travelers barreling down any Mississippi or Alabama highway. And while some drivers are intimidated by their sheer size, others have become immune to their presence. Regardless of whether or not you notice them as you’re traveling, it’s important to be aware of how to navigate with and around them on busy roads.
Accidents involving semi-trucks can be catastrophic, and most of the time it’s the passenger vehicle drivers who get hurt. To avoid the serious damages that come as a result of a semi-truck accident, remember these three safety tips.
1. Avoid the blind spots
Because of their length and size, semi-trucks have numerous blind spots that are much larger than those of a regular passenger vehicle. Be careful not to linger too long alongside or directly behind a semi-truck. Chances are, the truck driver will not be able to see you. If they need to change lanes, you’re likely to be on the receiving end of a bad accident.
To navigate safely outside of a truck’s blind spots, make sure you maintain a comfortable distance between the back end of the truck. That way, the truck driver can see you. If you decide to pass them, they’ll have plenty of time to notice you. If and when you do pass, make sure you do so quickly so that you can move past the blind spots to the side.
2. Don’t cut in front
Semi-trucks take longer to stop than other vehicles. Even if the driver reacts fast enough to your maneuver, their truck can take nearly five seconds to stop. In this time, a fast-moving large vehicle like semi-trucks can cover hundreds of feet. Therefore, cutting in front of one is a sure way to get into an accident.
3. Watch out for turn signals
Semi-trucks need ample room to turn. Often times, they will cross over into another lane while turning in order to make the maneuver. If you notice a truck with their turn signal on, avoid pulling up along the inside of the vehicle. Not only will you be in their blind spot, but they won’t be able to make their turn without hitting you.
What happens if you get into an accident?
Even the safest drivers can still get into a crash. Accidents involving semi-trucks can result in serious injuries to you and your passengers. If you do sustain injuries, make sure to seek medical attention straight away. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your damages.