A big rig crash can be a life-changing—and too often life-ending—event. These vehicles are incredibly heavy. Sometimes, when they’re loaded, they can range into the 100,000 pound range. When such a heavy load is going at freeways speeds, there are few things that can bring it to a stop. Be sure to drive smart around these vehicles. A few basic safety measures can save your life. Here we discuss ways to keep safe around big rigs while you’re on the road.
A truck driver cannot see you unless they can see your mirrors. The space behind the rig where you cannot see their mirrors is a major danger zone and should be avoided.
A big rig has a hard time slowing when going downhill and keeping pace with traffic when climbing. Give them room; it’s one of the best ways to avoid a big rig collision.
Big rigs have to swing outward to make right turns. Stay out of the area alongside the semi when it turns. The truck will straighten out when it completes the turn and you’ll be crushed if you’re there.
If you have to slam on the brakes for some reason and a big rig is behind you, swerve out of the way, if possible. They take a very long time to stop and you’ll be hit if you stop too quickly. Swerve first, then brake.
Beware of being impatient around big rigs. They take longer to accelerate and can block your vision. None of this is the driver’s fault: its physics. Driving angry is the exact equivalent of driving recklessly. Don’t do it.
If you see a big rig wreck on the road, avoid the area. Especially if it’s a tanker truck, it may well be carrying hazardous materials. If you’re not qualified to actually lend assistance, you may be making the situation worse by making yourself into another victim who needs help.
A truck accident attorney should be your first stop if you’re hurt in a big rig crash. They deal with the companies that operate big rigs all the time, and are able to ascertain whether or not the company upheld its legal obligations as a truck operator. If you’re injured or if someone you love is killed, you may well be entitled to financial compensation for it. Only an attorney, however, can tell you whether or not this is the case.