Avoid Truck Accidents This Summer
Summertime means increased traffic as more and more people are hitting the road for a summer road trip, to see their friends and family, or to head to other activities. With this increased traffic, it can become far more difficult for truck drivers to navigate the road safely. Here’s what you can do to avoid becoming involved in a truck accident.
Be Aware of Blind Spots
Large trucks have significant blind spots, which can easily hide a car. Avoid lingering in these areas to ensure that the truck driver knows you are there. These blind spots include the areas directly in front of and behind the truck, as well as a wedge part way down the left side and one partway down the right side. The right side blind spot spans two lanes, which is why it is important to avoid passing trucks on the right.
Pass trucks quickly to stay clear of blind spots. When passing a truck, be sure to give yourself enough space in front of the truck before merging. Large commercial trucks cannot stop quickly, so they require extra space. Never pass a truck on the right side, since the blind spot there is much larger and slower moving traffic may be in the right lane.
Avoid Cutting Off or Tailgating Trucks
Trucks are larger and weigh far more than the average passenger vehicle. Cutting them off prevents them from having a safe distance to stop in an emergency. You should also give yourself enough space to stop safely, and avoid following trucks too closely. A rear-end accident involving a truck is a particularly serious type of accident, as a truck can easily go over the lead car, or a car can run under the back of a trailer.
Trucking accidents can leave victims seriously and permanently injured. You shouldn’t have to face your accident alone. Our team at Scarlett Law Group is ready to help you fight for the compensation you are entitled to. With more than 25 years of experience, our San Francisco truck accident lawyers are well-equipped to handle your case.
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