Driving near big trucks on the road can cause you to feel uneasy because of their size. Because they are so large, you should allow commercial vehicles ample space to maneuver safely.
Understanding the importance of giving large trucks enough space on the road can help you avoid dangerous driving behaviors that can increase your risks of a fatal collision.
Because commercial vehicles have such long trailers, the distance of their blind spots increases significantly. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, large trucks have blind spots on all four sides. Never travel right next to a big truck for a prolonged period of time. If you need to get around a big truck, slow enough that you can pass safely behind the trailer to ensure you remain visible.
When you need to merge near a large truck, take your time and yield to the truck. Watching carefully and assuming that the driver does not see you can prevent a precarious situation.
Often, large trucks carry heavy loads of freight. Combined with their size, slowing down requires a lot of power and more time than a small passenger vehicle. Never cut off commercial vehicles or assume that you have enough time to turn in front of them.
The consequences of a collision with a truck can include life-altering and sometimes fatal injuries. Respecting the size of the commercial vehicles you share the road with can protect you against preventable accidents. If you do suffer injuries in a truck crash, you may choose to pursue compensation to help offset the emotional and financial strain of serious injuries.