Allow Sufficient Space Before Changing Lanes in Front of a Truck
Once you have successfully passed a truck in the adjacent lane, it is crucial to allow plenty of space before moving into the same lane as the truck. Because semis can require as much as the length of a football field to stop, cars should be careful to never move in front of them suddenly.
Wait until you can see the entire front of a truck in your rearview mirror before you move back into that lane, and do not slow down. Along with the extra space required to stop, truck bumpers are not equipped to absorb the full shock of an auto collision. If a semi collides with a passenger vehicle from behind, the result can be fatal.
Watch Out for Wide Right Turns
The dynamics of a semi trailer require special care when turning. For right turns, truck drivers often need to swing out to the left to allow enough space for the entire trailer to move around a corner. Passenger vehicles should give the truck a wide berth and avoid getting between the trailer and the curb. Do not attempt to pass a truck as it makes a turn.
Do Not Drive Distracted
Distracted driving is a leading cause of traffic accidents, and it is getting worse every year. More and more drivers are guilty of looking at their cell phones while driving. The consequences can be deadly, especially when driving near semis that cannot react quickly. If you change lanes without looking or suddenly brake in front of them, drivers may be at the mercy of their vehicles. Pay extra attention when passing a truck to avoid a potentially fatal accident
Have You or a Loved One Been Injured in a Kansas City, Missouri Truck Accident?
If you've been hurt in a Kansas City area truck accident you should speak with an experienced truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 816.832.4688 to schedule your free consultation. We are proud to serve Kansas City, Missouri, and the surrounding area and look forward to speaking with you.