If you are driving on the highway, there's a good chance that you will be sharing the road with large commercial trucks. If you are involved in a Missouri semi-truck accident, you are at a serious disadvantage. In crashes involving 18-wheeler trucks, the smaller vehicle sustain 78 percent of fatalities.
The Independence, MO auto accident lawyers at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys offer these to help keep you and your family safe when driving around large trucks or busses.
1. Wear your seat belt.
Seat belts are your best protection in any type of crash, but they are especially important in a Missouri truck accident. If a truck rear-ends your vehicle, the seat belt will keep you from flying into the steering wheel or windshield, being thrown around, and from being ejected from your car.
2. Never Cut in front of a large truck.
When you cut in front of a vehicle, the vehicle must brake to avoid hitting your car, especially when traffic is heavy. It takes time for a heavy vehicle to brake; if you pull in front of a large truck, the driver may not be able to stop in time to avoid a potentially deadly collision.
When you pass a truck, stay in the other lane until you can see the truck in your rear view mirror.
3. Avoid driving in blind spots.
Eighteen-wheelers have large blind spotsaround the front, back and sides of the truck. Try to avoid driving in these areas. A good rule of thumb is: if you can't see the truck driver in the truck's mirror, the truck driver can't see you.
4. Avoid distraction.
Anything that takes your attention off the road puts you at risk of a Missouri trucking accident. Avoid using your cell phone, texting, eating or looking up directions while driving. If you need to do something other than drive, pull into a rest stop and take a break.
5. Give plenty of space to a semi-truck making a right turn.
Trucks make wide right turns. If your vehicle is between the truck and the curb, you may be caught in the squeeze. Avoid becoming a Missouri truck accident victim, pay attention to truck signals, and give large trucks plenty of room to maneuver.
6. Be patient.
It takes both time and concentration to back a large tractor-trailer up without hitting anything. It may take a driver several attempts. Avoid honking or getting I the driver's way, so the truck driver can do his job safely.
The majority of Missouri trucking accident fatalities occur when a passenger vehicle collides with a truck.
Remember trucks are difficult to maneuver, keep yourself and your family safe by giving trucks the space they need.
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