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The do’s and don’ts of driving around big rigs

Every time you take to the roads in Alabama, you run the risk of coming in contact with commercial trucks, and even if you always maintain safe driving practices, sharing the road with such large, heavy vehicles poses various risks. At the Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we have a firm understanding of the types of accidents and injuries that often result from car-and-truck crashes, and we have helped many clients seek recourse after suffering injury because of the actions of negligent truck drivers.

While it is true that there is only so much you can do if semi-truck drivers do not drive safely and follow the rules of the road, there are, per Edmunds.com, a number of steps you can take to reduce your chance of becoming a truck accident victim. For example, it is essential that you leave truck drivers ample room to stop, should you decide to pass and then get in front of one. Commercial trucks often weigh tens of thousands of pounds, so even if you feel as if you are leaving them enough space to effectively stop, you may not be doing so.

Another way to minimize the chance of colliding with a commercial truck is to avoid racing them in areas where you both have to merge. Yes, it can prove frustrating to have to sit or travel slowly behind a large truck, but it can prove downright deadly to try and race one while you merge. Not only might the truck driver not be able to clearly see you, but he or she may also not be able to stop a vehicle of such a substantial size in time to avoid colliding with you.

Many car-and-truck accidents also occur when motorists end up running under the sides or the back of a semi-truck. Such crashes frequently occur when motorists cannot clearly see the back of the truck, so you face a higher risk when it is dark or especially sunny. Many underride crashes also involve flatbed trucks, which are common in construction sites, so it is important to stay especially vigilant when maneuvering your way through construction zones. More about truck accidents is available on our web page.

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