Sharing the Road with 18 Wheelers

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Getting into accidents with 18 wheelers is dangerous, scary and possibly deadly. Here are some tips for sharing the road with 18 wheelers; remember that road safety is everyone’s responsibility, and at the end of the day the most important thing is the preservation of our and each other’s lives.

Don’t stay in blind spots

Trucks and 18 wheelers have significantly larger and wider blind spots than normal cars. Make sure to avoid them. There are wide blind spots that wing out on each side of the truck as well as a very large blind spot behind the truck. If you are going to pass a truck, do it in a timely manner; don’t cruise next to it. In the blind spots, the driver cannot see you and does not know that you are there. If you can’t see the driver in his mirrors, he probably can’t see you either.

Don’t cut 18 wheelers off.

This is almost as terrible of an idea as staying in blind spots. The worst thing you could do, that would almost certainly lead to an accident, is cut right in front of a truck and then slow down to make a turn or fit in with traffic. Keep in mind that it takes an 18 wheeler about three times as much time to slow down to a stop as a normal car.

Let 18 wheelers change lanes.

Many impatient drivers are unhelpful when it comes to 18 wheelers changing lanes. They want to speed up to get in the way so that they 18 wheeler can’t fit, which is dangerous because they are likely in the 18 wheeler’s blind spot. Getting such a large vehicle in and out of traffic is difficult, so if an 18 wheeler has his blinkers on, let her merge or change lanes. Don’t do something risky that could compromise your safety or the safety of those around you.

 

Follow these tips for a safe experience on the road with 18 wheelers. If you have been involved in an 18 wheeler accident that was the result of negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Loewy Law Firm today for a free consultation.