As a motorist in Kentucky, it is likely that you regularly share the road with commercial trucks. Unfortunately, however, collisions involving these large vehicles are all too common. The Kentucky State Police reported that there were 7,442 trucking accidents across the state in 2012, the most recent year for which statistics were available. While not all such wrecks can be prevented, there are some things that you can do to help avoid being involved in a crash with a tractor trailer.
Due to their size, commercial vehicles require more room to maneuver than other automobiles. For instance, a trucker may have to swing his or her vehicle wide to the left in order safely make a right-hand turn. In order to prevent getting squeezed or sideswiped by these large trucks, it is suggested that you allow them a wider berth than you might give other, smaller vehicles.
In general, tractor trailers require a greater distance to stop than other cars, SUVs and trucks. Consequently, truckers may not be able to slow or stop in time to avoid a collision if you suddenly stop or slow in front of them. Therefore, it is recommended that you avoid changing lanes abruptly in front of commercial vehicles. Further, you should ensure they have plenty of time and clear road ahead before you attempt to pass them.
Large commercial trucks have blind spots in the front, in the rear and on both sides. When your vehicle is in these areas, the trucker may not be able to see you. Thus, it is advisable that you avoid driving in these blind spots for extended periods. A good rule to remember is that if you cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s side mirrors, then the trucker cannot see you. Additionally, it is advisable that you keep a safe following distance when you are behind these vehicles. In general, you should stay at least 20 to 25 car lengths behind tractor trailers.
This post has provided some tips on how to prevent trucking accidents. However, this should be taken only as general information and not as legal advice.