Sharing the road with a tractor- trailer or large truck can be frightening, especially since a tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds (at least 30 times more than the average car). U.S. truck accidents often result in injuries and deaths for the occupants of other vehicles, not the tractor-trailer drivers. Thus, learning how to avoid these accidents is extremely critical for the average driver.
1. Stay out of the “No Zones”
The “No Zones” are located directly behind the truck, straight in front of the truck, and the truck’s blindspots. Just like a regular driver’s blind spots, the truck’s blind spots are on the side, however, the truck’s blind spot is much bigger than the average vehicle on the road, especially on the right side.
2. Consider Weather Conditions
Adverse driving conditions can affect all vehicles on the road, making it even more challenging for trucks to get around. Keep in mind that tractor-trailers may require more time to stop when they encounter harsh weather conditions. It is encouraged to keep a large barrier in between trucks during these types of weather conditions.
3. Avoid Making Sudden Lane Changes
As previously stated, the tractor-trailer’s blind spots are much larger than the average size car, so driving predictability is crucial. Avoid weaving in and out of traffic. If you need to change lanes, be sure to use your turn signal and wait a few seconds for the trucker to see you.
Injured in a Tractor-Trailer Accident?
Most truck drivers are responsible and do their best to avoid crashes. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. If you were injured in a truck accident, it is important to get legal advice from a skilled & experienced truck accident attorney.
Talk to the Connecticut trucking accident attorneys at McCoy & McCoy today. Our hardworking team has years of experience representing people who have been injured injured in trucking accidents. We serve clients throughout Connecticut, and our principal attorney, Frank McCoy Jr., is certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy – a distinction that fewer than 0.5 percent of all Connecticut attorneys have earned.
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