The more time you spend driving on the highway, the more you’ll realize that there are large commercial trucks everywhere. Furthermore, it’s hard to ignore the fact that some truck drivers appear not to care about the safety and well-being of others on the road.
It’s critical that you take steps to protect yourself against a highway trucking accident. Here’s what you should do:
- Maintain a safe distance: The more space you can leave between your vehicle and commercial trucks, the safer you’ll be. This will also give you more room to stop in an emergency.
- Watch for signs of dangerous driving: Maybe a trucker is driving aggressively by passing slow moving vehicles in the right lane. Or, maybe they’re swerving all over the road, giving the impression that they’re either under the influence of alcohol or too drowsy to be behind the wheel.
- Avoid blind spots: Large trucks have many blind spots, including directly behind, in front of and next to the vehicle. When you drive in these spots for an extended period of time, the trucker could lose sight of your vehicle. When that happens, there’s a greater chance of them causing an accident.
What to do after an accident
Despite your best efforts to prevent a car-truck accident, there’s only so much you can do. You could find yourself injured and scared about what will happen next.
Should this happen, call 911 and attempt to remain calm until help arrives. Your health is your top priority. From here, you can file an insurance claim to obtain compensation for your injuries and related damage.