Large trucks are a common sight on roads and highways throughout Louisiana. They are a necessary part of the economy but present hazards to other drivers.
Larger trucks have several downsides. For example, they take longer to stop than smaller vehicles and have more blind spots. Because large trucks represent serious hazards on the road, you need to take steps to remain safe and avoid an accident. Avoiding common mistakes is one of the best ways to do this.
Mistake 1: Moving in front of a truck or cutting them off
Large trucks often proceed at slower speeds than other vehicles. Because of this, passing one may be necessary. However, you can’t pass a truck the same way you would other vehicles. If you cut in front of them too closely, you put the truck and yourself in danger. Make sure you leave plenty of space between you and large trucks before merging in front of them.
Mistake 2: Braking suddenly in front of a large truck
Braking suddenly is never safe on the road; however, if a large truck is behind you, it can lead to serious consequences. As mentioned above, larger trucks take more time to stop. If you brake suddenly, the likelihood of being rear-ended by a large truck is high.
Mistake 3: Riding in a truck driver’s blind spots
Large trucks create blind spots all around the vehicle. Because of this, you must take steps to avoid lingering in these areas. If a truck driver can’t see you, there’s an increased likelihood that they will hit you.
If you are involved in a truck accident, you have rights. You can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party to recover compensation for your injuries and damages.