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Tips for staying safe near large vehicles

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2022 | Personal Injury

There is a strong possibility that you will share a Texas road or highway with a big rig. These trucks are much larger and heavier than your passenger car. Therefore, you may be at greater risk of property damage or bodily injury if a collision were to occur. Fortunately, there are many steps that you can take to coexist while in the vicinity of a semi-truck.

Move decisively

If you want to pass a truck while on the highway, it’s important to move quickly so that you spend as little time as possible in the driver’s blind spot. You should also use your turn signal and make other efforts to telegraph a lane change before making it. The same principles also apply if you want to make a turn or any other type of movement while in close proximity to a commercial vehicle. This is because they have trouble slowing down or making other evasive maneuvers in a timely manner.

Minimize distractions

While in close proximity to a large vehicle, be sure to refrain from using your cellphone or talking to other passengers. Driving while sober and alert may also minimize your risk of a motor vehicle accident regardless of who else is on the road with you. This enables you to keep your focus on what the truck is doing at any given time. Staying focused on what the truck is doing enables you to slow down, stop or take other actions to avoid a crash in the event that the commercial vehicle makes an unexpected move.

If you are involved in a crash caused by a negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation. Negligent actions may include driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or driving a vehicle that wasn’t properly maintained. Witness statements, driver statements and other evidence may be used to verify that you incurred a financial loss because of the defendant’s behavior prior to a crash.