Blue commercial truck driving down a highway on a sunny day with a passenger car approaching on the truck's left side

3 Ways Motorists Can Help Prevent Truck Accidents

Studies show that 97% of all fatalities in accidents involving large trucks are from the passenger vehicle—car, van, or SUV. This means we all have a vested interest in preventing truck accidents.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased America’s need for e-commerce goods. With more people ordering online now than ever before, that also means there are many more commercial trucks on the roads.

With more trucks on the road inevitably comes more accidents involving large trucks. However, there are some things you can do as a passenger car driver to prevent truck accidents.

#1 - Stay out of the “no-zones.”

The “no-zones” on a commercial truck are significant. In fact, large trucks have blind spots on all sides:

  • Front: 20 ft
  • Back: 30 ft
  • Left: One lane
  • Right: Two lanes

See the graphic below for a visual representation of where to find the blind spots on a large truck.

stay out of blind spots infographic

#2 - Be mindful when you need to pass a truck.

It’s critical to everyone’s safety that you use extra caution when passing a large truck. It’s much more difficult for trucks to stop and maneuver than other vehicles, so be sure to leave trucks more time to react and adjust their speed.

#3 - Use clear signals.

You want to give trucks an idea of your actions so they can anticipate what you will do. Truckers’ main goal is safety, and they drive for a living, so be courteous when you need to make moves around them. It’s never wise to change lanes suddenly in front of a large truck, especially without providing a signal to let them know what you plan to do. Making sure truck drivers can anticipate your actions is essential to avoiding collisions.

Truck accidents are never pleasant. If you’ve been injured in one, we may be able to help you recover the compensation you need. Don’t delay—reach out to our office right away with your questions.

Call us today at (800) 670-0567 to discuss the details of your case!