According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, large truck crashes resulted in over 104,000 injuries and 3,921 fatalities in 2012. That is the reason why safety on the road is so important, especially when it comes to big trucks. When we drive defensively, it can help reduce these devastating numbers.

Blind spots: Commercial trucks have big blind spots.  If you cannot see the driver in their side mirror, the truck driver cannot see you. When driving near large tractor trailers and commercial vehicles, avoid driving in their blind spots.

Be cautious when passing trucks: Wait until you can see the entire truck in your rear-view mirror before changing lanes.

Avoid cutting in front of semi tractor trailer trucks: Large commercial trucks need more time to stop. If they are forced to rapidly slow down or make quick stops because someone cuts in front of them, it could cause them to lose control of the truck.

Large trucks make wide turns: Be cautious of  turn signals. To make a right turn, large trucks must make a wide turn to the left and it may not be evident that they are turning right until it is too late.

Give large trucks additional room: Large trucks need more time to stop or slow down. More distance from the commercial truck can  help prevent a collision if they lose control.

Report unsafe driving : Whether it is an impaired driver or a careless truck driver, report it to authorities. This can help make the roads safer.  Also, remember to always wear a seat belt and to avoid texting while driving. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility.

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We hope that you never experience an accident of any kind. But if you do, we are here to help. We represent accident victims who are injured due to the negligence of others and will fight to get you the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. Call (813) 440.2700 for your free consultation.