It's natural to become nervous when driving in close proximity to a commercial truck. Even if you're doing your best to remain safe, truckers don't always take the same level of care.
While there's no surefire way to avoid an accident with a commercial truck, there are some tips you can follow to maintain your safety:
- Avoid blind spots: The longer you drive in a trucker's blind spot the greater chance there is of an accident. This includes the area directly next to and directly behind a commercial truck.
- Only pass in the left lane: Passing a commercial truck in the right lane is dangerous, as the trucker may not see you coming. This can cause them to change lanes into you.
- Take caution at merge points: Merging onto the highway is difficult enough without commercial trucks in close proximity. If you find yourself merging while these vehicles bear down on you, take extra care. For example, you don't want to pull out in front of a commercial truck and then slow down, as these vehicles need a lot of time to stop.
- Use your turn signals: This gives everyone on the road a clear idea of what you're doing next. For instance, if you're changing lanes in front of a commercial truck, signal in advance of doing so.
These tips will give you some peace of mind, but they don't guarantee your safety. If you're injured in a car-truck accident, move to safety and call 911. You should then receive treatment, contact your insurance company and seek compensation for your injuries and other accident-related damages.