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Sharing the Road with Semi-Trucks: Tips for Avoiding Collisions with Oversized Vehicles

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semi truck accidents, Chicago personal injury lawyerVehicle accidents that involve semi-trucks or other oversized vehicles are often the most catastrophic. Many end in death, and those that do not typically cause severe, long-term health problems. Surprisingly though, most collisions with oversized vehicles are caused by the mistakes of other motorists. Thankfully, you have the power to make the roads and highways safer for everyone by learning how to share the road with semi-trucks and other oversized vehicles.

Understand the Limitations of Oversized Vehicles

Semi-trucks and oversized vehicles operate very differently than cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Their massive size creates very large blind spots and makes it very difficult to navigate turns. Most are also loaded with heavy freight, which also limits their ability to stop quickly. If you understand these limitations, and know how to effectively accommodate them, you can decrease your risk of a collision with an oversized vehicle.

Stay Alert and Drive Defensively

Anytime you are driving, it is imperative that you stay alert and drive defensively. Improve your concentration on the road by shutting off laptops, cell phones, or other hand-held devices, and watch the vehicles around you for any indication that there may be trouble up ahead or nearby. Also, avoid driving if you are overly tired, intoxicated, medicated, or if your ability to drive safely is otherwise hindered.

Stay Visible and Avoid Blind Spots

Blind spots for semi-trucks are located at the rear and along both sides of the cab and cargo area, with the largest one being along the right side of the truck. Avoid passing or spending any time at all on the right side and always pass quickly if you must do so along the left side of the truck. Also, avoid tailgating oversized vehicles; this limits the driver’s ability to see you, and it hinders your ability to see what might be up ahead.

Give Oversized Vehicles Extra Room

Oversized vehicles can be difficult to maneuver, especially during right turns. If a nearby semi-truck is turning in front of you, beside you, or toward you, be certain to give them extra room. And never try to pass a turning truck; they cannot see you!

You should also avoid slowing down or stopping suddenly in front of an oversized vehicle. Because of their size and the weight of their freight, they require more time to stop than other vehicles. Also, be sure to account for extra space when dealing with adverse weather like rain, wind, or snow.

If a Collision Does Happen, Seek Legal Help

Even when you follow the rules of the road, truck accidents can and do happen. When they do, it is important to seek qualified, aggressive representation. If you have been in an automobile accident with a semi-truck or other oversized vehicle, contact the offices of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. today.

With more than 20 years of experience in representing victims of automobile accidents, our Chicago truck accident attorneys have the knowledge and in-depth understanding of the regulations governing the truck industry. We can help you navigate the complex legal process so that you and your family receive the compensation you deserve. For a free consultation, call 312-553-4900 today.

Source:

http://www.flhsmv.gov/fhp/misc/images/tactbrochure.pdf

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