Tips for Sharing the Road with Tractor-Trailers and Other Large Vehicles

One of the most intimidating things for many drivers is when they find themselves traveling alongside a tractor-trailer or other type of large commercial truck. The massive weight and size of these vehicles can be downright frightening, especially when driving at faster speeds or if they are carrying a load that looks less than secure.

The weight and size of the truck are not only intimidating, but these factors can also play a significant role in the handling of the vehicle, including needing a greater stopping distance and time, less maneuverability, and a much greater impact if the truck hits something. This is why accidents with large trucks often result in catastrophic injury or death for victims in other vehicles. However, there are some safety tips that drivers can follow to help minimize their risk of being involved in a trucking accident and stay safe.

Keep Patient

Some car drivers get impatient or frustrated when driving around large trucks, especially in more congested areas, because of the time it takes for trucks to accelerate or stop. As mentioned above, it takes a large truck a greater amount of time to come to a stop, as well as to get going.

Watch for Wide Turns

Tractor-trailers and other large trucks require a much wider area to turn than passenger vehicles do. Because the vehicle is long, they cannot make sharp turns, instead, they need to compensate for that length by swinging around. The truck often needs to move into other lanes in order to make that swing.

Blind Spots

Because of their size, large trucks often have blind spots that are much bigger than the blind spots passenger vehicles have. There are certain areas where a truck driver will not be able to see a vehicle, including when the vehicle is right up behind it, certain areas on the side of the truck, and when the vehicle is right in front of the truck. Always be aware of these blind spots when you are driving near a large truck and don’t assume the truck driver can see you.

Contact a Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in any type of truck accident, contact a Virginia truck accident attorney to discuss what legal recourse you may have. Truck accident cases can be complex, and it is not uncommon for there to be multiple at-fault parties who are responsible for the payment of financial damages you may be entitled to for your injuries. The legal team at Shapiro & Appleton has successfully represented many injured victims and their families and we are happy to meet with you and offer legal guidance on what the best options may be for your circumstances. Call our personal injury firm today for a free and confidential consultation.