Driving next to an 18-wheeler, big rig, semi truck, box truck, or other large commercial vehicles can be scary. Many people feel nervous driving next to large trucks because of their huge size and weight. This is why many drivers try and avoid driving next to or near semis; however, sometimes, it is impossible to avoid.
Not only can driving next to semis be dangerous due to their large blinds spots, but driving near 18-wheelers at night can be dangerous. Unfortunately, truck drivers sometimes drive too long without taking the proper breaks that are required. This can often lead to a trucker driving fatigued at night, which can cause the driver to lack judgment and make dangerous moves on the road.
Sometimes, truck drivers don’t even signal when changing lanes. In order to stay safe and avoid a Fort Lauderdale truck accident during the day or night, you need to learn how to drive safe around large trucks. Some tips, include:
- Use common sense and don’t drive in their blind spots
- Give trucks plenty of room on the road
- Don’t cut off a tractor trailer or crowd a semi
- Don’t drive next to a truck if you don’t have to; speed up or slow down
- Pass a truck on the left
- Don’t ever drive between a truck and the shoulder of the road to make a right turn; the truck may be swinging out wide to turn right
Because trucks can have a tire blowout at anytime or be blown around in the wind, it is very dangerous to drive next to a truck for these reasons. Also, the amount of blind spots a big rig has is insane. This is why it is a good idea to never hang out beside a truck and do your best to safely pass a truck on the left in order to avoid a collision with a large truck.
If you have been injured in a truck crash in Florida due to an unsafe lane change or a tire blowout, you may have rights to financial compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact an experienced South Florida accident attorney at the Law Office of David Benenfeld for a free consultation at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].