As the driver of a passenger vehicle, there may be times when you have no choice but to travel in close proximity to a commercial truck.
While you have no control over these drivers, there are things you can do to reduce the chance of an accident. Here are some tips to follow:
- Don't take any chances with your safety. For instance, you may be tempted to speed past a truck in the right lane, but this puts you in harm's way. Your safety on the road is more important than anything else.
- Follow the rules of the road. For example, you shouldn't cut in front of a truck without using your turn signal. If you simply follow the rules of the road, you'll be safer while travelling.
- Watch out for turning trucks. As you know, truckers often have to swing wide to setup a right turn. With this in mind, you should consider where you position your vehicle.
These are just a few of the many things you can do to make it easier to share the road with trucks. By taking these steps, you won't have nearly as many concerns about being part of an accident.
If a truck strikes your vehicle, move your car to safety and call 911. You don't want to wait around and hope for the best, as an immediate response by the police and an ambulance is a must.
Once you receive treatment and learn more about the crash, you can then decide if you're able to take action with the idea of receiving compensation from the negligent party.
Source: Esurance, "sharing the road with large trucks," accessed Nov. 28, 2017