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Drive safely around semitrucks this winter

On Behalf of | Nov 26, 2019 | Truck Accidents

Anyone who drivers on the interstate must remember that semitrucks are especially dangerous because they are so much larger and heavier than traditional vehicles. It is imperative that you take steps to remain safe around these trucks, but the truckers also have a duty to help keep you safe.

With the winter months right around the corner in Belleville, now is a good time to brush up on some basic tips that can help you to arrive at your destination without incident. One of the most important things to remember is to pay close attention to the road and only drive sober.

Stay in your lane

Pay attention to where you are on the road because semitrucks are sometimes wide, even if they aren’t carrying a wide load. Crossing the lane lines can be disastrous if these large trucks are on the road. You have to be especially careful when you are going into turns because you don’t know how the big rig will handle the curve. They usually have to turn wide, which can impact them on any turns, especially tight ones.

Don’t drive in the blind spot

Semitrucks have large blind spots, and driving in these means that the driver can’t see your vehicle. These extend around the truck and trailer. The general rule to follow is that if you can’t see the driver or the sideview mirrors, the driver can’t see you. If you do have to pass a semitruck, try to get out of the blind spot as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of being involved in a crash.

Give them space

Because of the weight and size of these trucks, you need to give them extra space to stop and start. This is especially important during the winter months when there is snow and ice on the roads. These large vehicles will need extra distance to stop in those conditions. Make sure that you also provide them with extra room for them to turn.

If you are in an accident with a semitruck, you likely need medical care. Contacting the police department and having the paramedics come out can help you greatly. If you do have injuries, you might choose to seek compensation for the damages. Medical bills and money you didn’t earn because you have to take time off work are two types that are common.