In the modern world, it is virtually impossible to do much driving without sharing the road with large commercial vehicles. While large trucks do provide an important link in our systems of commerce, when regular drivers and large trucks are both involved in accidents, the results can be catastrophic.
In the wake of an accident, the victims must build a strong legal strategy to recover fair compensation for injuries and property damage. From the moment the accident occurs, building a claim and pursuing it to a fair resolution can take months or even years, and physical recovery may prove very difficult. Victims of large commercial truck accidents should protect their rights and priorities immediately with the law, but the best protection is often avoiding the accident altogether.
A clear understanding of the risks of sharing the road with large trucks can help drivers of all ages and experience levels keep themselves and others safe on the road and avoid costly and dangerous accidents before they happen.
Safety starts with awareness
Commonly, drivers of passenger vehicles make harmful driving errors around large trucks because they do not understand how different it is to drive such a vehicle compared to their own. Even those who drive large-profile SUVs do not have a strong understanding of the experience and limitations of driving a large truck.
Large truck drivers cannot see other drivers who position themselves in the truck's blind spots, which are much larger than consumer vehicle blind spots. Avoid commercial truck blind spots, often called "no-zones", which are directly behind and beside the truck.
It is also wise to avoid driving directly in front of a large truck, both because the driver may not see a smaller vehicle, and also because the driver may not have enough room to brake before hitting the other vehicle if it is too close.
Large trucks weigh many tons, and cannot stop as quickly as smaller vehicles, so consumer drivers should give them plenty of room. In general, it is wise to give a large truck as much room as possible while sharing the road and avoid taking too long to pass a truck or allow it to pass.
Large trucks also cannot turn tightly like passenger vehicles. If a driver attempts to pass a truck while it is preparing to turn, especially preparing to turn right, an accident is likely. It is safer to remain aware of the needs of the truck when turning.
Protecting your rights after an accident
Even if you follow these and other recommendations for safe driving, accidents can still happen. If you suffer injuries or property loss in a large truck accident, be sure to build a strong legal strategy as quickly and thoroughly as you can, to ensure that your rights do not suffer. Protecting your rights and your recovery takes time and requires a detailed knowledge of the law. Use all the legal resources and guidance that you have available for your sake and for the sake of all the parties involved.