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Truck accidents: Tips for sharing the road with tractor-trailers

| Jun 4, 2020 | Truck Accidents |

Highways and interstates in Illinois are heavily utilized by commercial traffic. For motorists in passenger vehicles, traveling near large trucks like tractor-trailers can be incredibly intimidating. Because tractor-trailers are so massive, truck accidents involving passenger vehicles are more likely to end in severe injuries or death. The following tips could be helpful in preventing accidents when sharing roadways with tractor-trailers.

Always remember to give tractor-trailers plenty of space and stay out of blind spots. Tractor-trailers have huge blind spots on all four sides. Motorists should keep in mind that, if they cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s side-view mirror, the truck driver cannot see them. In order to pass a tractor-trailer, signal clearly and pass promptly. Do not linger in the blind spots.

Also, never follow a tractor-trailer too closely. Imagine what would happen if the driver of a car was tailgating a tractor-trailer and the tractor-trailer blew a tire. Those who are in the car could suffer severe injuries. Always remember that tractor-trailers need a lot of turning room, so the truck driver will often swing wide in order to safely navigate the turn. Never try to shoot the gap or squeeze by a tractor-trailer that is attempting to turn.

When traveling near tractor-trailers, always remain focused and pay attention to surroundings. However, regardless of safety precautions, truck accidents can still happen. Those in Illinois who have suffered injuries or loss due to negligence in truck accidents could benefit by seeking the services of a seasoned attorney. A successful lawsuit could result in much-needed financial relief.