Trucks are essential to the American economy. We need trucks, but the fact remains that large commercial trucks are extremely dangerous to other people on the road. There are, however, a number of things you can do to reduce your own risk, improve your road awareness, and keep yourself and your family as safe as possible. In Florida, here are four suggestions for sharing the road with commercial trucks:
Never Drive in the Blind Spot of a Truck
Trucks are 20-30 times larger and heavier than a typical passenger vehicle; their blind areas are also larger. Trucks have four blind spots: 20 feet in front of them, 30 feet behind them, the lane on their left side, and two lanes on their right front side. If you drive in a truck’s blind area, they will be unable to see you and you are far more likely to be involved in a collision.
Always Pass Quickly and Safely
If you have to pass a truck, do so swiftly to avoid driving in the side blind spots we discussed before. Before attempting to pass, make sure you have your blinker on for a few seconds so the truck driver is aware of your intentions. Never pass on the right side of the vehicle, which has the largest blind area; instead, pass on the left side.
Merge in a Clear and Methodical Manner
Make sure you have adequate time to safely pass and merge. Trucks take longer to slow down and stop, so if you plan on cutting in front of one, you’ll either be in their blind zone or be too near for them to react. Instead, once you’re clear of their blind areas, use your blinker for a few seconds to alert them to your intentions before merging into their lane (well beyond their front blind spot).
Anticipate and Avoid Wide Turns.
Trucks require extra space to swing wide and turn because they are made up of two parts – a cab and a trailer – and because they are so large. Never try to squeeze between a turning truck and the curb; in fact, if you’re next to a turning truck, give them a few seconds’ headstart to ensure they have adequate room and you’re not in their blind spot.
Insurance companies frequently try to undervalue or dismiss the claims of injured accident victims in order to protect their bottom line by paying less in medical costs. If you find yourself involved in an accident with a truck, immediately call 911. Even if you don’t feel hurt, adrenaline can mask injuries. Take photos if you’re awake and uninjured enough to do so. After a comprehensive medical evaluation and treatment, contact a Florida car accident attorney as soon as possible.
James Piccolino Law, P.A. can combine his unique medical knowledge from years of practicing chiropractic medicine with the legal knowledge of truck accident cases to help you seek justice. Visit James Piccolino Law online to request a consultation.