Semitruck drivers provide a valuable service to this country but pose a significant risk to other people on the roads. These large vehicles can easily crush smaller vehicles and cause significant injuries to anyone struck.
All drivers must ensure they’re being as safe as they can around semitrucks. Following these safety tips can help you ensure you get to your destination without incident.
Avoid blind spots
Blind spots are a place where the trucker can’t see you. These extend all around the semitruck and trailer. As a general rule, the trucker can’t see you if you can’t see them.
There’s a blind spot in front of the rig, and this is a dangerous place to drive because semitrucks take a considerable distance to stop. The blind spots on the side of the rig are also dangerous because if the trucker needs to change lanes, they might not see you and slam into you.
Use turn signals
Turn signals are one of the most important things to use while driving. This alerts the truckers and other drivers about where you intend to go. As you determine your path, ensure that you aren’t impinging on anyone’s right-of-way. Truckers need a wide berth to maneuver, especially when turning, so be sure to give them that space.
Even though you follow all the appropriate safety guidelines, there’s still a chance that you’ll end up being struck by a semitruck, which can result in significant injuries. The medical care bills can be extensive, so injured individuals may opt to pursue a compensation claim. The time limits established by Tennessee law mean that you must act as quickly as possible.