When it comes to driving on the roads of Texas, no one can be too safe. Drivers need to take safety into their own hands as much as possible. This is especially true when operating a vehicle near a large truck, such as an 18-wheeler. These trucks can cause some of the most tragic accidents.
Blind spots are key to preventing truck accidents. Blind spots are found around the entire truck, but the most common ones are on either side of vehicle. If you are driving in a lane next to the truck, be sure you can see the driver in the truck’s mirrors. If you can’t, it’s likely he or she cannot see your vehicle.
Give your vehicle plenty of room when passing the truck. The more room you leave to maneuver, the better. You don’t want to pass a truck too closely because it could clip the back of your vehicle, sending you into a tailspin or off the road.
You should never tailgate when driving in Texas. This is even more important when following behind a truck. Tailgating a truck can lead to a tragic accident. Trucks require more time to stop compared to cars, and if they slam on their brakes, your vehicle could wind up in the back of the truck if you were tailgating.
Trucks have a turning radius of 55 feet. That’s quite a bit of space. Leave trucks plenty of room to turn at intersections so you do not become the victim of an accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Waco truck accident, contact our firm to speak with an attorney. You will want to do everything possible to protect your rights and fight for the compensation you deserve.