How To Avoid An Accident When Driving Near Semi-Trucks/18-Wheelers

Posted: May 09, 2017

Driving on North Carolina roadways next to an 18-wheeler or other large vehicle can be scary. Because of their weight and size, semi-trucks can cause serious, life-threatening injuries when they are involved in accidents with passenger vehicles. If you or a loved one was injured because of an accident with a semi, The Olive Law Firm may be able to help. However, we want to help people avoid becoming injured in the first place. Read on for some tips on how to avoid a semi-truck accident.

Safety Suggestions

Of course, avoiding injury accidents with semi-trucks also depends on truck drivers' safe driving habits. However, you can do your part by making sure you are staying safe on the road. Here are four tips and reminders that may help.

  1. Keep your distance. Trucks need a lot more room to stop than passenger cars need. This means, whether you're driving in front of or behind a truck, be sure you're leaving plenty of room in between your vehicles. If you change lanes and cut in front of a semi, that truck driver may have trouble stopping in time if you need to apply your brakes suddenly.
  2. Remember that semi-trucks' blind spots are bigger than those on a passenger vehicle. Just like in passenger vehicles, semi-trucks have blind spots — areas that are not visible by looking in side mirrors or rear-view mirrors. However, because the trucks themselves are larger than passenger cars and trucks, their blind spots are larger, too. Avoid driving in semi-trucks' blind spots as much as you can. If you cannot see the truck's mirrors because you are following too closely, or are immediately in front of a truck and cannot see its mirrors reflected in your own, odds are good that the truck driver can't see you either.
  3. Don't be in a hurry to pass a turning truck. If you are behind a truck that has its blinker on, or if you come up on a truck that is starting to turn, avoid the temptation to speed up and pass the semi-truck. Semi-trucks and other large vehicles make much wider turns than passenger vehicles. If you try to pass a turning truck, the odds of becoming involved in an accident increase.
  4. Follow basic driving rules to stay safe. Finally, remember to use common sense and to follow safe driving practices whenever you are behind the wheel. Keep your speed in check. Avoid distracted driving. Pass on the left. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and others. When you follow what you learned in Driver's Education lessons, you're doing your part to make North Carolina’s roadways safer.

If You Were Involved in a Truck Accident, The Olive Law Firm Can Help

Sometimes, in spite of your best efforts, accidents can happen. If you were injured, or if someone close to you was injured or killed because of an accident with an 18-wheeler, contact an experienced, knowledgeable semi-truck accident attorney at The Olive Law Firm. We will work hard to help you get the compensation you deserve. The Olive Law Firm has been fighting for victims' rights for 60 years — we can fight for yours, too. To learn more, and to schedule a free, no-obligation case review, contact us online today or call (704) 377-9222.

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