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How to stay safe when driving around commercial trucks

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2020 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Commercial trucks are big. Commercial truck drivers don’t always follow the rules of the road. So, when you combine these two things, you’re at risk of being injured or even killed in an accident just by being on the road with these big rigs.

This should lead you to learn more about the best ways to stay safe when driving around commercial trucks.

Three ways to protect yourself from wrecks around commercial vehicles

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Keep your distance: The more space there is between your vehicles, the better chance you have of avoiding an accident.
  2. Avoid blind spots: As noted above, commercial trucks are big. In fact, they’re among the largest vehicles on the road. This means that truckers are contending with many blind spots. When possible, avoid blind spots, such as those directly next to the truck.
  3. Don’t play games: For example, if a trucker is trying to outrun you in the right lane, let them be. It’s illegal, but it’s not up to you to enforce the rules of the road. Let them safely pass and then drop back to protect yourself. There’s never a good time to get caught up in a game of cat and mouse with a commercial truck. Doing so puts you and your well-being at risk.

Even if you do these things, there’s no guarantee that you’ll stay safe when driving around commercial trucks. Should you suffer an injury in an accident with a commercial vehicle, call 911 for help. You could be dealing with everything from broken bones to deep lacerations to a head or neck injury. Once stabilized, you can then use your time to file an insurance claim and take other steps to protect your legal rights.