No matter how much people may try to avoid them, large trucks find their ways onto Louisiana highways and local roads alike. These vehicles come in the form of semi trucks, construction vehicles, and other commercial vehicles, all of which require special attention when traveling alongside them.
Large trucks take 40% longer to stop than passenger vehicles and have engines at least 6 times their size. Such statistics may be the reason why many drivers fret when confronted with the task of sharing the road with large trucks. It may be impossible to avoid them, but you can learn how to properly commute with them.
Avoid Blind Spots
The blind spots on large trucks are just as big as the vehicle itself. The biggest blind spots are:
- Up to 30 feet directly behind the trailer
- The tail end of the trailer on the driver’s side
- A large majority of the passenger side of the vehicle
Any vehicle traveling in these regions cannot be seen by the driver and run the risk of being forced off the road or even struck if they stay in these areas for too long. Many large trucks have decals that provide a visual of their blind spots or ones that read “If you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you.” These are all in attempt to create the safest driving conditions for both you and the truck driver.
Use Caution When Passing
Large trucks tend to commute at or just below the speed limit, which can slow down traffic. This is most relevant on interstates and highways where a slow moving vehicle can disrupt the flow of traffic. Such conditions may push the driver of a passenger vehicle to try and pass a large truck, but it is important that extreme caution is used.
If you are travelling in the blind spot of a large truck when you decide to pass them, they may not see you and decide to switch lanes, leaving you in the line of danger. There are even instances when truck drivers choose to travel in the left lane which forces vehicle to pass on the right side. Again, be cautious as the right side of a large truck is home to their largest blind spot.
Generally, being patient and allowing truckers to maneuver as they need to is the best approach to sharing the road with large trucks. In the unfortunate circumstance that you are involved in a large truck accident, it’s important that you have an experienced attorney by your side. The large truck accident attorneys at E. Orum Young Law Offices have over 35 years of experience representing the people of Louisiana and will uphold your rights every step of the way. You should not be held responsible for the financial burden that comes as a result of someone else’s negligence. Contact us today at (318) 599-0601 to speak with an attorney who can seek maximum compensation for your losses.