Driving Safely around 18-Wheelers

Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Jun 25, 2015 in Car Accident News

For many people, driving around a big rig can be an exercise in frustration. They ride next to each other, crowd the road, and can be a pain in general. All too often they act like they rule the road and pose a major risk to other drivers. Understanding the hazards inherent in sharing the road with trucks can be of great use if you are injured and need to collect compensation from the driver. Here are some safety tips for sharing the road with large trucks.

Tire Blowouts

Watch for tire blowouts! These happen very often with trucks -- which is part of the reason they have 18 wheels. A tire blowout from a truck can be like a cannon, throwing heavy metal and rubber for tens of feet. When this happens, the trucker will also begin to swerve as he regains control of his vehicle. Often, these situations will leave the driver of a nearby auto in great danger when you cannot get out of the way of the swerving truck.

Speed Limiters

Have you ever been driving and two trucks in front of you are right next to each other, one never passing the other? It can be infuriating, especially if neither is doing the speed limit. What you may not know is that it can be infuriating to the drivers as well! Trucks have speed limiters on them which regulate how fast they can go. This means that sometimes when one truck tries to pass another, their speed might cap, especially if they have a heavier load. In some cases, this is a sign of irresponsibility by truck drivers who are supposed to be aware of the capabilities of their vehicle, and when these trucks get stuck next to each other, it can pose a great danger to other drivers on the road.

Blind Spots

Trucks have far more blind spots than cars do, and the blind spots seem to be everywhere. There is a rule of thumb that if you cannot see the side mirrors of a truck, they cannot see you. Even then, you still may be in a blind spot. Truck drivers all too often are not cognizant of these blind spots; they don't pay enough attention to who may be around them and can pose a danger to other drivers.

Exhaustion

Truck drivers drive long distances and are not always the best at knowing when they need to stop and rest. A truck driver who falls asleep at the wheel may as well be handling a loaded gun with abandon--all too often people are victimized by irresponsible truckers who aren't careful enough on the road. If you suffer an injury due to the dangers of driving around trucks, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The worst thing you can do is handle your case alone. Call a qualified personal injury attorney so that you have someone in your corner who can look out for your rights. Remember, YOU are the victim! If you are involved in an accident with a truck and need help with your claim contact one of our truck accident lawyers based in Las Vegas today for a free consultation.