How to Drive Defensively Around Trucks

Get defensive driving tips from the Atlanta accident attorneys at Ashenden & Associates

Getting into an accident with a large semi-truck can lead to serious injuries and even be life threatening. Thousands of people die in truck and car accidents each year, so it’s important to protect yourself and your passengers by practicing defensive driving techniques.

The experienced Atlanta accident attorneys at Ashenden & Associates regularly handle personal injury and wrongful death cases related to trucking accidents. They see first-hand why it’s so critical to practice defensive driving when around these large and dangerous vehicles on the road. You can minimize your risk of being involved in a trucking accident just by practicing some of these basic defensive driving skills.

Avoid Blind Spots When Driving with Trucks on the Road

It’s a good rule to generally assume that if you can’t see a driver in their side mirror, they probably can’t see you and could be unaware that you are next to them or behind them at all. Trucks are huge and they also have huge blind spots on the sides and rear.

If you are caught in one of these areas and the truck attempts to change lanes or slams on the brakes, you could be in a lot of danger. Always make sure you quickly pass through a truck’s blind spots and don’t linger in them. A trucker can’t help keep you save if they have no idea where you are, so try to always stay visible.

Give Trucks on the Road Plenty of Room

Because a truck is so tall and long, it can get blown around a bit by the wind. It has a huge surface area that acts like a sail and makes some trucks swerve or go off course when the wind is high enough. When driving next to a truck, try to hug to the side of your lane farther from them to give them some wiggle room. This extra room also allows the driver some time to readjust if the wind starts to push too much on the truck.

Pass Other Trucks with Care

Always pass a truck on the left so the driver can see you more easily and can prepare for you to pass their vehicle. When you merge back in front of them, give 2-3 times more room than you would for a normal car. Trucks are heavy and require a lot more time and space to slow down than a normal passenger vehicle. Cutting a truck off too short when passing could result in them being unable to stop fast enough and hitting your car – or someone else.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings While on the Road

Remaining calm and alert is one of the best things you can do to minimize your risk of getting in an accident with a truck. It’s important to pay attention to where trucks are in relation to your vehicle and whether or not they are changing lanes, turning, or slowing down.

Be aware of when trucks are coming up behind you, as well as their speed, so you can adjust or get out of the way if they are traveling too fast. Many times a truck could experience a brake malfunction and be unable to stop, so staying aware is imperative to quickly reacting and protecting yourself and your passengers.

Contact the Top Atlanta Injury Attorneys If You’ve Had an Accident

These tips help minimize your risk of being involved in a crash with a semi-truck; however, even the best defensive driving skills can’t avoid all accidents.

If you have been in an accident and think the truck driver is at fault, contact the experienced truck injury and accident attorneys at Ashenden & Associates in Atlanta, Georgia. The team gets results when it comes to personal injury and accident lawsuits, and is here to help.

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