If someone were to ask you to give examples of driving situations that may terrify you, one of the first things that comes to your mind might include a tractor-trailer barreling alongside or behind you on the highway. Seeing one of these massive machines fast-approaching in your rear view mirror is enough to make your blood pressure soar, not to mention the panic that sets in if there's heavy traffic in the area and you aren't able to safely move to another lane.
Tractor-trailer accidents often result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Many reports show evidence of truckers who were sleepy behind the wheel or acting under the influence of amphetamines or other drugs when collisions occurred. You may be able to increase your chances of avoiding a crash if you keep several things in mind that may help you stay safe when sharing roadways with big rigs.
Just because you see them doesn't mean they see you
One of the biggest causal factors in crashes involving cars and tractor-trailers is the section of road known as a blind spot. When your car is traveling to the left of a semi truck or behind one, there's a certain area where the truck driver will likely not be able to see you. If you cannot see the truck driver in the truck's side view mirror, then be aware that this means the truck driver cannot see you!
Wait until a truck completes a right turn before passing through
You might be late for a work meeting or rushing to get to your child's sporting event on time; however, maneuvering between a tractor-trailer and a curb while the truck is navigating a right hand turn is typically a high risk situation prone to accidents. Generally speaking, trucks of this size must swing wide left in order to complete right turns; if you want to stay as safe as possible, it's best to hang back until the truck has completed its turn, otherwise you're at risk for a squeeze collision.
When your precautions don't supersede a truck driver's negligence
No matter how cautious and alert you are while driving, if a nearby truck driver is negligent, you may go from uneventful travel to lying in a hospital bed in a matter of minutes. Although you may have survived your injuries, your recovery process is likely to be long and arduous, which may impact all aspects of your personal and professional life.
Recovering economic losses is often a main concern of New Mexico accident victims; many pursue justice against those deemed responsible for their injuries by filing personal injury claims in court.