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How can drivers stay safe when driving near semitrailers?

Truck accidents can cause significant damage. Due to the larger size and heavier weight of these kinds of vehicles, even a low-speed collision can lead to devastating consequences for people in smaller vehicles. You understand the importance of driving safely near these types of vehicles.

There are specific things that you can do to drive safely when sharing Florida roads with large commercial trucks and semitrailers. It's smart to know how to stay as safe as possible, especially when traveling during the busy summer months. While you cannot control the actions of others, it's always beneficial to know what you can do to avoid a collision.

Helpful hints for road safety

During the summer months, there are more travelers on the road than at other times of the year. Whether you are heading to visit family, going on vacation or leaving on a business trip, you will be sharing the road with large trucks. Some of the following steps may help you stay safe:

  • Practice courtesy when driving near semitrailers – allow trucks plenty of room, yield properly and do not follow too closely.
  • Trucks are heavy and large, meaning that they take longer to stop. It is smart to allow them more room to come to a stop if needed.
  • Trucks have blind spots where they cannot see other vehicles. Avoid driving in a blind sport and remain where a truck driver can see you.
  • It is smart to give trucks plenty of room to turn or to merge onto the interstate. 

Road safety often starts with simply being attentive and cautious. Unfortunately, even if you do everything you can do to stay safe, you may still find yourself a victim of the actions of another driver. When truck drivers are negligent or reckless, it can lead to disastrous consequences for innocent motorists.

Your rights as a victim

If you are a victim of a truck accident, you may need medical care, physical support, and other types of help as you work to get better and move forward. It's expensive, and you may also need extensive time off from work to recover. You do not have to walk through this process alone.

After an accident involving a semitrailer, you may find it beneficial to seek the guidance and support of an experienced personal injury attorney. You may have grounds to pursue legal recourse, and you may want to learn more about this option by seeking a complete evaluation of your case.

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