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Driving Safety Tips Near Semi-Trucks

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In recent years, traffic accidents involving semi-trucks have been a worrying constant. The size and weight difference between these vehicles and conventional cars can result in devastating consequences. Therefore, it is crucial to know and practice safety measures when driving near them.

Specialized Training for Truck Drivers

Despite receiving special training to handle these large vehicles, truck drivers are not exempt from being involved in accidents. Factors such as fatigue, time pressures, and weather and road conditions can contribute to dangerous situations.

Maintaining Distance

A golden rule is to avoid driving too close to a semi-truck. It is recommended to keep at least a six-second distance. When overtaking, do so with caution and ensure that the semi-truck is visible in the rearview mirror before returning to the lane.

Attention to Signals

Drivers should be attentive to the turn signals of semi-trucks. Due to blind spots, the truck driver may not see your vehicle, so it is vital to give them space and priority.

Precautions When Overtaking

Never overtake a semi-truck on the right, especially on curves or intersections. It is important to remember that semi-trucks have a wide turning radius and may occupy more than one lane when turning.

Using Common Sense

Unforeseen situations, such as a blown tire or a sudden lane change, can occur. Staying alert and prepared to react is essential.

Although authorities conduct checks to minimize these accidents, the responsibility also falls on the drivers of smaller vehicles. Applying these safety measures can make the difference between a safe trip and a serious accident.

If you have been involved in an accident with a semi-truck, it is important to seek appropriate legal advice. Do not hesitate to contact us at 205 506 2129 or visit our Abogados Centro Legal website for more information. If you prefer, you can also schedule your free consultation.

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