Sharing the Road with Trucks

Commercial trucks pose a significant threat to all other drivers in the vicinity due to their size and limited maneuverability. Accidents involving trucks can lead to devastating injuries and death. This is why it is so crucial that other drivers are aware of how to act when around these large vehicles. By keeping certain tips in mind, you can help limit your risk for being involved in such a serious accident.

Read the following five tips to avoid an accident with a commercial truck:

  1. Be mindful of their blind spots—the larger the truck, the more room they require to turn. Maintain a safe distance of four car-lengths to avoid drifting into the truck's blind spot, where the driver will be unable to see you.
  2. Don't follow to closely—use adequate following distance, as trucks may come to a stop abruptly, causing your vehicle to essentially slam into a very hard wall.
  3. Wait to pass—maintain a constant speed when trying to pass a truck and refrain from passing one when going around a curve in the road or on hills if you are on a two-way highway.
  4. Do not cut in—not giving a truck enough space when passing may require them to use emergency brakes, a trucks take much longer to slow down both and require more space. Carefully assess the space between vehicles before passing a truck.
  5. Avoid aggressive driving—trucks are usually unable to react as quickly compared to other vehicles, which means accelerating past the speed limit to pass a truck or drifting in their blind spot can have potentially dangerous results.

If you are injured in a truck accident due to a driver's negligent operation, seek legal representation from an Atlanta truck accident attorney. At Kalka & Baer, LLC, our team is well-versed in personal injury law and can represent you during your pursuit to recover damages. Call our firm for vigorous and effective counsel today!

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