How to stay safe while sharing the roads with large trucks

On Behalf of | Apr 28, 2022 | Truck Accidents

No matter where you go today, you are bound to see multiple large trucks. Big rigs, semis, and 18-wheelers are a crucial part of the country’s economy and run day and night to ensure goods get where they need to go.

Unfortunately, as essential as these trucks are to our way of life, they also present some unique hazards to other drivers. Because of this, it’s up to you to learn how to stay safe while sharing the roads and highways throughout New Mexico with large trucks.

Avoid cutting off large trucks

It takes large trucks about twice the time, and sometimes even longer, to come to a complete stop as it does passenger vehicles. Because of this, you should never merge in front of a big truck and then slow down or stop suddenly.

Watch for blind spots

Because of the vehicle’s size, the driver of a big truck must deal with several blind spots. Try to avoid these areas when driving. A general rule to follow is that if you cannot see the big truck’s driver in the big truck’s mirror, you are driving in a danger zone.

Give large trucks plenty of space to turn

When turning right, most truck drivers must swing wide to complete the turn. If they are turning left, they need a wide berth too. Because of this, be sure to stay back and provide additional space for their turning needs.

Avoiding an accident with a large truck

Sharing the roads with large trucks is a part of life. While all drivers are responsible for preventing accidents, you should take additional precautions when driving near a large truck. This will help you reduce the likelihood of an accident and severe injury.

If you are in a wreck, it’s always wise to learn more about your legal options. Call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Sutten Law Group, LLC, (505) 990-RICK (7425), to discuss your potential claims.