3 Tips to Avoid a Truck Collision When You are Driving a Car
The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that 23% of semi-truck accidents are caused by a driver traveling too fast for the road conditions. Even when the road conditions are safe, it is important to keep in mind that cars can also play a major role in keeping drivers safe when it comes to trucking accidents. Truck-related accidents and collisions do often occur as a result of a negligent car driver — not just the truck driver themselves. There are always a few simple safety tips you can follow to not only protect yourself but the cars and trucks around you on the road as well. Let us take a look at some of the safest ways to avoid truck collisions when you are behind the wheel of your own car.
Do not drive in 'no zones.'
Many car drivers make the mistake of driving directly behind a truck or in something called a 'no zone' -- an area where the truck driver has little to no visibility. It is important to make yourself seen as a car driver by avoiding these blind spots so that truck drivers can always be aware of where your car is on the road. The simplest way to avoid these 'no zones' is to keep your distance whenever possible around semi-trucks. Remember, just because you can see the truck, does not mean the truck can see you. Always try to give your vehicle as much space as you can when following a semi-truck, as this can help you avoid lingering in these 'no zones' if you want to avoid a collision.
Changing lanes too quickly in front of a truck.
Semi-trucks are involved in roughly 500,000 accidents annually, and can often result in high impact collisions that can cause serious damage and personal injury. When it comes to changing lanes, it should come as no surprise that it takes much longer for commercial trucks to slow down or come to a complete stop to avoid collisions than it does for a typical car. As a result, it is critical to avoid changing lanes too quickly when driving in front of a commercial truck. Doing so can limit the time a semi-truck has to slow or stop, resulting in a dangerous collision. This means that you should never change lanes quickly in front of a truck, and be sure to keep your distance when getting over in front of a truck. This will ensure that the truck driver can easily see your vehicle, and have enough time to react to your car entering their lane.
Not slowing down or speeding up when a truck tries to merge or change lanes.
Part of driving any vehicle safely is knowing how to be a defensive driver. This means keeping yourself safe on the road by remaining vigilant and being constantly aware of any oncoming vehicles — especially trucks. When a truck driver tries to change lanes or merge, it is important for you to promptly slow down or speed up to let them in. When it comes to tractor-trailer accidents, 98% of fatalities occur in individuals driving in the vehicle colliding with the truck Using defensive driving techniques will be one of the simplest ways to avoid a collision, which can help keep you and all others drivers on the road safe.
Despite following these safety tips, there will always be some level of risk when driving on the road with semi-trucks. This is why if you were recently involved in an accident with a commercial truck, it is important to contact a lawyer right away that can examine the details of the accident and help navigate your case. For more information about truck and car accident cases, contact Patrick O'Hara.