- Avoid blind spots – due to the size of the semi-trucks, it’s difficult for operators to see other drivers as their blind spots are larger. Their blind spots are in the front, behind and sides of the rig. It’s best for drivers not to travel too closely to the front or rear of a truck, particularly if you are traveling at high speed. Don’t stay in a blind spot longer than necessary. Avoid merging into a blind spot.
- Give distance – Trucks need a lot of time to speed up, slow down, and stop, give it to them. Don’t tailgate or brake check, it only creates a dangerous situation. Trucks also need distance and space to make turns. Trucks need to go wide to make their turns. If you stop too close you could risk a collision.
- Pass safely – Don’t pass unless you can see the driver in your sideview mirror. Always use signals when transitioning lanes to warn other vehicles of your intentions. Avoid passing a semi-truck when going downhill. Accelerate gradually and intentionally.
- Remove distractions – All vehicle operators need to limit and reduce the number of distractions in their car so they can focus on driving. Be aware of your surroundings, speed, distance and stay off your cell phone.
- Stay sober – Don’t operate any vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This impairs your decision making and judgement.
Why You Need a Tractor-Trailer Injury Attorney
Sadly accidents happen. And semi-truck accidents can be particularly devastating. An experienced personal injury attorney is knowledgeable of the trucking laws in Utah. At McMullin Injury Law our attorneys know how the insurance and investigative processes work when trucking accidents occur. So let our attorneys go to work for you, so you can focus on recovery.