On the road, you are responsible for your safety and the safety of others. Likewise, other drivers must obey all traffic rules to ensure safety. While accidents between all motor vehicle accidents can have serious consequences, an accident between a commercial truck and a passenger vehicle can result in the most serious injuries or damages.
Big rigs can weigh over 10,000 pounds and require twice the stopping time of a standard car. While truckers must pay close attention to their surroundings, there are tips available for other drivers to increase their safety.
Learn the no zones
The areas around a truck with higher risks for accidents are also known as no zones. No zones can refer to dangerous areas and blind spots. When driving behind or passing a big rig, your vehicle can become invisible to the driver. If you cannot see the driver in his or her side mirrors, the driver cannot see you. When passing a large truck, maintain a consistent speed and never pass on the right side.
Be wary of turning vehicles
Larger vehicles require more room to maneuver. When turning right, they swing left, and when turning left, they swing right. Do not put yourself between the truck and the side of the road while it turns. Drivers can become stuck between the curb and the vehicle.
A trucker directly impacts the road conditions around him or herself. The truck creates more air turbulence and can spray rain and slush on other vehicles. While it is a trucker’s job to remain vigilant about dangerous areas, give yourself plenty of room around big rigs to avoid potential danger.