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What are you doing to prevent an accident with a truck?

Driving in close proximity to commercial trucks is nerve-racking, as you always have concerns about someone making a mistake that causes an accident.

Since you don't want that "someone" to be you, it's critical to take steps to prevent an accident. Here are four things you should do:

  • Avoid blind spots: Commercial trucks have multiple blind spots, including the area directly next to and behind the truck. Avoiding these spots will enhance your safety.
  • Use turn signals: This gives everyone on the road, including truckers, a clear idea of what you're doing. An abrupt lane change without a turn signal increases the risk of an accident.
  • Passing in the right lane: When passing a truck, it's critical that you do so in the left lane. Passing in the right lane is dangerous, as the truck driver may not see you doing so.
  • Slow yield: When yielding onto the highway, it's critical to get up to speed as you keep a close eye on the traffic moving toward you. If you pull in front of a truck while driving too slowly, it could result in a rear-end accident at high speed.

These are the types of steps you can take to prevent an accident with a commercial truck. Unfortunately, a trucker could still make an error, such as driving while drowsy or distracted, that causes an accident.

If you're injured in a car-truck accident, pull to safety, call 911 and receive immediate medical attention. From there, you can learn more about the crash and take steps to protect your legal rights.

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