Staying Safe When Driving Next to Commercial Trucks

January 26, 2022
BY: Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O'Cathain & O'Cathain

Staying Safe When Driving Next to Commercial Trucks

Truck accidents are often more serious compared to other types of collisions, simply due to their size. In fact, commercial trucks can weigh 50,000-80,000 pounds when fully stocked. You can imagine just how badly people can get hurt in the aftermath of this kind of personal injury accident. If you are an everyday driver, then chances are you have found yourself driving next to a commercial truck. These weighty vehicles are understandably intimidating, so it’s important to use these strategies to reduce the likelihood of an accident:

Allow more space when following the truck.

A truck is much bigger and heavier than your average vehicle. For this reason, leave more space between you and the truck, even more so than you would for other cars normally. By allowing sufficient space between your car and the commercial truck, you have more of a chance to respond if you need to make a quick movement or swerve out of the way. 

Don’t pass closely when changing lanes.

If you cut in front of a commercial truck, the driver may not have enough time to get out of the way. Because trucks have so much weight, they need more time to stop completely. Wait until you have passed safely ahead of them with more than enough space between you. 

Don’t drive distractedly. 

Our cell phones have become one or most important possessions that go with us basically everywhere. Don’t check your phone when driving. Any message can wait until you have safely stopped somewhere. All it takes is a few seconds of your eyes off the road to suddenly find yourself within inches of a truck next to you, potentially causing a tragic accident.

Truck accidents cannot be avoided entirely, especially when truckers aren’t operating their vehicle with care. If you were recently involved in a truck-related collision, please contact a truck accident attorney from David & Philpot, P.L.. for support.