An experienced Dallas auto accident attorney could probably tell you a lot of stories about how people get themselves injured around big rigs.
In some cases, the big rig drivers are responsible for those injuries. However, there are some drivers who, like small dogs, don’t seem to understand the potential danger when near a bigger vehicle. In certain situations, there is absolutely no way that a trucker can avoid hitting a vehicle. By keeping yourself out of those situations, you can significantly reduce the chances that you’ll be injured or killed in an accident involving a semi truck.
The turn hazard.
A big rig needs extra space to make a right turn. This is simple geometry. The length of the big rig and the fact that Americans drive on the right-hand side of the road necessitates that the drivers create enough distance between their vehicle and the curb that they’re turning around to pass safely by. Never creep up on a large truck from the right. They should be able to see you in their mirrors, but if you creep up in that space after they’ve already started their turn, they may well crush your vehicle and you with it.
Out of sight.
One of the biggest hazards that big rigs pose has nothing to do with the physical vehicle itself. Rather, the hazard emanates from the fact that these vehicles tend to have very large blind spots. Semis have complicated mirrors located along the side of the cab. Make sure that you can always see these mirrors. If you can’t, the driver certainly cannot see you.
Blasts of air.
When semis get up to freeway speeds, they move a lot of air. These air currents can be deadly if you’re not paying attention and expecting them when you come alongside a semi. Whenever you’re passing a semi truck, be sure to get by them as quickly as you can. Not only will it prevent you from being blown out of control, the driver will appreciate it, as well.
If you’re injured because a truck driver is negligent, contact a Texas truck accident attorney. They’ll be able to help you figure out whether or not you have a lawsuit option available that can help you get compensated for your injuries, your pain and your suffering. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible after the accident for your best chance at a fair settlement.