For motorists in Kentucky, sharing roadways with large commercial vehicles such as tractor-trailers is just part of driving. These days, there are more commercial vehicles on the road than ever before. Driving near tractor-trailers requires focus and attention. These tips may help drivers avoid truck accidents.
One of the most important things to remember when driving close to tractor-trailers is that these trucks have large blind spots on all four sides. Drivers should keep this in mind: if they can’t see the truck driver in the truck’s side mirror, the truck driver can’t see them. Move ahead or slow down to stay visible, and always use caution when merging.
When attempting to pass a tractor-trailer, make sure to do so promptly and don’t linger in the truck’s blind spots. It should go without saying, but always use signal lights when changing lanes and attempting to pass a tractor-trailer. Also, make sure to give the truck plenty of space before pulling in front.
It is very dangerous to cut in front of a tractor-trailer. Closely cutting in front of any vehicle can cause an accident, but cutting in front of a tractor-trailer can be especially dangerous. These large commercial trucks are much heavier than most vehicles, so it takes them longer to stop. Give them space.
Drivers of smaller passenger vehicles should always use extreme caution when sharing the road with tractor-trailers. Since these rigs are massive vehicles, truck accidents are more likely to end in serious injuries or death. Those in Kentucky who have experienced injury or loss due to negligence in an accident can take action by consulting a legal representative and filing a claim.