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Common Crash Causes - How Can You Avoid Semi Truck Accidents?

Steve Wagner

If you’ve been driving any time at all, you know that dropped-stomach feeling you get when a semi truck crosses into your lane, or when you’re afraid a big-rig is about to cut you off in traffic.

Avoiding accidents with these road hogs is crucial, but do you know how to be a defensive driver and protect yourself against an accident with a semi truck?

Semi truck drivers work long hours, operate incredibly difficult machinery, and some may function on very little sleep. Recent regulations have made it more difficult for semi drivers to operate too many hours at a time, in an effort to cut down on the number of tired-driving accidents.

However, there are still plenty of things to watch out for when it comes to semis. Here are some things to be aware of when you’re sharing the road with these trucks:

  • Road Conditions: If the weather is inclement, it makes it much more difficult for semi trucks to operate the same as when road conditions are clear. They need longer distances to be able to stop safely, and they could be more likely to slip and slide on wet or icy roads. Leave a wider distance between yourself and semis in bad weather, and make sure you have your lights on so they can see you.
  • Lane Changes and Blind Spots: Make note – if you can’t see the semi truck’s side mirrors, they cannot see you- many large semis even have this reminder on their rear to remind drivers. If you follow too closely behind them, they may not be aware of your presence. Much the same, if you are passing a semi, just like with your car, they have large blind spots on either side. Leave plenty of room to pass them, and pay attention to their movements while you are passing.
  • Signals: As much as you would like semi trucks to always use their signals, it’s equally important to use yours. Lights, signals, and slow movements make it easier for everyone to operate together on the road.
  • Tired Drivers: You can likely tell if any vehicle driver is too tired to be on the road. Watch for swerving and inconsistent movements. Keep your distance, and if you think they are a danger to themselves or other drivers, call the police and give them the license number on the truck.

Most importantly, if you have already suffered an injury due to the negligence of a semi truck driver, the truck accident attorneys at Wagner Reese may be able to assist you in recovering damages for your injuries, medical bills, and lost income. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.

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