When you’re driving, it’s usually best to assume that the drivers around you can’t see you. This is particularly the case when you’re trying to maneuver around big rigs. Big rig crashes can cause devastating injuries to people in passenger cars, even if the collision isn’t a direct one. When you’re alongside a big rig, you should assume they don’t see you at all.
Big rig drivers can see you as long as you can see their mirrors and provided that there isn’t weather or an obstruction blocking their view. Even when you can see their mirrors, however, you should always expect the unexpected where these vehicles are concerned. A shocking amount of big rig drivers report being overworked and even falling asleep behind the wheel. If they’re not paying attention, all the mirrors in the world won’t help a big rig driver to see you.
To make sure that you’re safe when you’re around these vehicles, be sure to keep your distance. If you have to pass them, do it quickly and make sure you don’t get too close to the vehicle as you go by. Big rigs kick up powerful drafts that can easily pull a car out of its lane.
The worst place to encounter a big rig with an overworked or drowsy driver is on an incline. When these rigs head downhill, it takes a lot of skill to keep their speeds under control. If a driver isn’t sharp and aware of what’s going on around them, they may well create a deadly hazard when heading down steep grades. If you see a truck bearing down on you from behind, it’s no time to be stubborn about your right to the road. Give them all the room they need to get by.
When big rig drivers cause accidents, they usually have a company behind them. Sometimes, this means that the company will come forward and offer you a check to avoid the possibility of you filing a lawsuit. If this happens, you may want to start looking for a truck accident lawyer. These companies have very serious responsibilities and, if they didn’t live up to them and you got injured or lost someone, they may be liable for compensation. A lawyer can review the details of your situation with you and see if you have a case that’s worth pursuing in court.
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