Driving too close to a big rig, also known as an 18-wheeler or semi-truck, can be extremely dangerous and cause serious harm to drivers and their passengers. Large trucks have more blind spots than smaller vehicles, making it crucial for car drivers to keep their distance and be aware of the truck’s movements. Here are some potential dangers of driving too close to a tractor-trailer or other large commercial vehicle:

  • The risk of sideswiping due to a wide turn: Big rigs have longer turning radiuses which may cause them to sideswipe smaller cars if they get too close.
  • Unpredictable braking: Because large trucks take much longer than other vehicles to come to a complete stop, getting too close can lead to serious accidents if the truck driver needs to brake suddenly, causing an underride accident.
  • Limited visibility: Semis have significant blind spots, meaning that they may not be able to see a smaller car in their vicinity which can lead to collisions.
  • Increased risk of injury: In an accident between a tractor-trailer and small vehicle, it’s likely that those in the smaller car will suffer greater injuries given the size difference.
  • Rollovers due to improper weight distribution: If cargo is improperly loaded on 18-wheelers, the truck can become off balance and roll over into nearby cars

How Can a Passenger Vehicle Driver Stay Safe Around Big Rigs?

The following are suggestions that help drivers in smaller vehicles stay safe when driving near a semi.

  • Maintain a safe distance: Drivers should always keep a comfortable space cushion between themselves and larger trucks.
  • Be aware of blind spots: When possible, drivers should avoid passing big rigs in the same lane and instead move to a different lane when it is safe to do so.
  • Do not tailgate or cut off large trucks: Cutting off 18-wheelers or tailgating them can lead to dangerous situations which could result in accidents.
  • Always use caution in bad weather: Wet roads can create an even greater danger around large trucks due to increased risk of hydroplaning and tire blowouts, so drivers need to take extra precautions.
  • Use turn signals: Make sure to always use your turn signals when changing lanes or passing a semi to alert them of your presence.
  • Avoid distractions while driving: Cell phones, loud music, and other distractions should be avoided at all times when navigating around large trucks. 

Recovering Compensation Following an Injury Caused by a Negligent Trucker

If you have been injured in an accident involving a large truck, you may be entitled to substantial compensation for your medical expenses and other damages. If the injury accident was caused by the trucker’s negligence, then you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the truck driver and/or their employer. Working with an experienced lawyer can help you understand your rights and maximize your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured in an accident involving a big rig, contact a lawyer today to discuss your legal options.

Olinde Law Firm: New Orleans Truck Accident Lawyers

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