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Truck accidents: Safely sharing the road with trucks

In recent years, interstates and highways across the state of Kentucky have seen higher volumes of commercial traffic. For motorists in passenger vehicles, it can be very intimidating traveling at high speeds in close proximity to large commercial trucks like tractor-trailers. These trucks weight about 20 times more than the average passenger car, so truck accidents have a higher chance of being fatal. The following tips may be helpful for drivers who share roadways with tractor-trailers and other large trucks.

Drivers of passenger vehicles must respect these large vehicles and observe regular driving etiquette. Yield to tractor-trailers when merging. always signal when changing lanes and avoid tailgating. Its not uncommon for some motorists to tailgate large trucks to get better gas mileage, known as drafting. This is incredibly dangerous and should always be avoided. When passing a tractor-trailer, do it quickly and do not linger in the truck driver’s blind spots.

Due to their massive weight, these trucks take longer to stop and truck drivers will often keep a significant distance between the truck and the vehicle in front of them. Do not use this gap to change lanes in front of a truck, they need the extra space if traffic were to suddenly halt. Also, keep in mind that tractor-trailers must make wide turns to accommodate their large trailers. When making turns, always give tractor-trailers plenty of room to maneuver.

Lastly, remember that truck drivers are on the job, hauling merchandise and goods across the country, often traveling hundreds of miles in a day. Be respectful. These tips can help drivers avoid truck accidents. However, truck drivers are human and will make mistakes. Those in Kentucky who have suffered injury or loss due to negligence in a truck accident may want to consider discussions with a legal representative.


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