Posted August 20, 2018 | Personal Injury Blog
Regardless of how many hours you’ve logged behind the wheel, driving near a semi-truck is stressful. Drivers have good reason to feel anxious when they are near semis; every year, over 250,000 accidents happen between semis and traditional passenger vehicles. In four out of five of these truck accidents, the driver dies. However, 70% of these accidents are the fault of the car driver, which means some simple tips for sharing the highways with semi trucks could save your life.
Semi-trucks are wider than a standard-sized passenger car. The standard highway lane leaves a small amount of space for a car to drift from one side of the lane to the other. A semi-truck has a very small margin of error. Even the slightest drift to one side of the lane can cause an approaching car to overcompensate and crash. Sharing the road between cars and trucks requires everyone to be hyper-aware of their surroundings.
All vehicles have blind spots on both sides. On a long semi-truck, the blind spots are significantly larger than that of a passenger car. Avoid hanging out in the blind spot for too long when traveling. The blind spots on a semi are:
Truck drivers may lose sight of vehicles driving alongside their blind spot for miles, causing a huge problem when it comes time to change lanes. Trucks also need more space to maneuver and more time to stop. Road conditions like weather and construction can call for a quick lane change or exit from the roadway.
The more weight a vehicle is carrying, the more distance it needs to come to a stop. When traveling 65 miles per hour, a passenger car can come to a complete stop in 316 feet. A full-size semi truck will take 525 feet to come to a complete stop at the same speed. When passing a truck, drivers need to remember that it takes longer to pass a truck than the average vehicle on the road. Only pass semi-trucks on the right side, allowing for better driver visibility. Drivers should also plan not to cut directly in front of a truck after passing.
When driving around semi-trucks, factor in size, speed, turning ability and blind spots. Safe driving can save lives, making the road a better place for everyone This list of safety tips will ensure a safe driving experience for everyone on the road:
Any time drivers take to the highway, they are accepting some level of risk. All drivers, and especially truck drivers, owe a duty of care to themselves and others on Utah’s roadways. If you’ve suffered after a trucking accident in Salt Lake City or the surrounding area, discuss your injury with one of our Salt Lake City truck accident attorneys.