Mar 20 2017

Drive Defensively Around Semi-Trucks

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Trucking accidents are usually much more severe than any other auto accidents. This could be due to the fact that semi-trucks weigh about 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. Since other cars usually weigh significantly less, their damage is much more severe. William Rawlings & Associates has handled hundreds of injury cases involving semi-trucks.  We know the laws that govern these truck drivers and their responsibility while on the road.  Put our experienced Semi-truck accident lawyers on your side.

It’s extremely important that regular cars learn how to drive defensively around larger trucks. The first thing to remember is to be aware and stay calm. Although this may not seem very defensive, alertness is one of the best tools to take control of any dangerous automotive situation.

Another thing to remember is that trucks take a lot longer to stop than normal cars. Many auto accidents have occurred in Utah and around the world because cars will merge far too close to a semi-truck.  If a semi-truck has to stop for some reason, the truck won’t have enough time to do so safely.

Always be aware of a trucker’s blind spots.  This is also a good defensive move, especially if it’s a windy day in Utah. The best way to combat this is to never idle while operating next to a semi-truck. If possible, stay behind the truck until there is enough room to quickly get past him.

Also, don’t forget that trucks have to make wider turns than regular cars. Be aware that, when turning next to a semi, it could easily come into your lane. To prevent this, wait for the semi to turn; afterwards, respond accordingly.

Defensive driving is not about doing dangerous things to make truckers angry. Defensive driving is about remaining alert to the differences between your car and a semi. This will keep the road safer for both you and other passengers.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a semi-truck accident put our award winning lawyers on your side.  We are available 24/7 to discuss your injury claim.  It is a free call and we have a ZERO Fee guarantee:  you pay us NOTHING until we win or settle your case.