Commercial trucks and buses have operating limitations, including significant
blind spots, limited maneuverability, and increased stopping distances
compared to the average motor vehicle. It is imperative for regular drivers
to consider safety as a top priority when it comes to driving next to
these large vehicles.
The following are simple tips to avoid getting involved in
truck accidents or
Stay out of blind spots. Commercial trucks and buses have large blind spots on the front, back,
and sides of the vehicle. If you cannot see the driver in the truck’s
side-view mirror, then the driver probably can’t see you. Either
slow down or move ahead to remain visible.
Do not cut them off. Cutting off another vehicle is often a dangerous and reckless maneuver,
especially if it is done to a commercial truck or bus. If you move in
quickly from either side, remember you will be positioned in a blind spot
the driver may not see you in time. Remember, these large vehicles take
a longer time to stop, so they may not be ready to avoid a collision if
you decide to cut them off.
Pass by them safely. Again, ensure that you see the driver in the mirror prior to passing and
use your signal before committing to change lanes. In addition, make sure
the driver is visible in your rearview mirror before you pull in front
and leave some extra space between you and the larger vehicle.
Be aware of wide turns. Trucks and buses need extra space when turning since they swing wide,
or may even initiate a turn from a middle lane. Never attempt to squeeze
by it or get between the vehicle and the curb.
Stay away from distractions. Whether you need to text someone or finish your burger, distracted driving
is one of the main contributing factors to collisions.
Do not drink and drive. Alcohol, as well as other drugs, impair both reaction time and judgment.
If you suffered a serious injury in an accident caused by a negligent truck
or bus driver in Virginia,
contact our Richmond personal injury attorney at
Halperin Law Center today.