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The old story of David and Goliath plays out daily on the nation’s highways—except for the ending.
One out of every eight traffic fatalities in 2012 involved a large truck, such as a semi or tractor-trailer. Given the difference in size and weight between large trucks and other motor vehicles, it is not surprising that motor vehicle drivers and passengers made up 73% of the fatalities.
A more startling statistic? Passenger car drivers were at fault 75% of the time.
When driving an automobile, it is important for you to be aware of how large commercial trucks operate on the road. Follow these five safety guidelines to protect yourself, your passengers, and other drivers on the roadway.
When passing a large truck, anticipate enough acceleration to get all the way past the truck and then some. Leave plenty of room before returning to the right lane. Avoid passing in the right lane next to a truck.
Often, trucks carry a sign that reads “If you can’t see my mirror, I can’t see you.” Driving in a truck’s blind spot contributes to many accidents. Just as car drivers need to see what is around them, so do truck drivers.
Large trucks cannot stop as quickly as cars. You should always maintain a safe distance around large trucks so that you don’t collide if you need to slam on your breaks.
During bad weather such as high winds or driving rain, leave extra space behind and ahead of trucks. Do the same for sharp curves.
Additionally, when entering a highway via ramp, be sure to give trucks enough space by entering ahead or slowing until they pass.
Large trucks need plenty of space to turn. Do not get in their way or cut them off.
Although cars correctly use the right lane as the proper turning lane, a truck needs a much wider space to turn. Don’t make the truck driver have to choose between hitting you or oncoming traffic.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of an accident, contact an Indianapolis auto accident attorney from Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. In the meantime, please drive safely.
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