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Extra Caution Needed When Driving Near Semi-Trucks

An elderly Illinois couple was injured following an Illinois trucking accident in which their car struck a semi-truck on Route 116. According to PJStar.com, the accident occurred when the driver of the passenger car was unable to stop in time and rear-ended the semi-truck. Both the driver and the passenger in the car were taken to a hospital and are currently listed in good condition. The driver of the passenger car was ticketed for failing to reduce his speed in order to avoid an accident.

Given the size of semi-trucks, even a minor accident between a passenger car and semi-truck can cause serious damage to the passenger car and can lead to serious injuries for the passengers. While it is always important to be aware of your surroundings and make sure you are driving cautiously in any situation, given the size and difference in how large trucks operate, it is important to give yourself extra space and be extra cautious when driving behind a large truck.

The Illinois Department of Transportation offers some useful tips to remember when driving behind trucks. Trucks have large blind spots so passenger car drivers need to always be extra alert. The tips that the Illinois Department of Transportation suggests with respect to truck driver’s blind spots are:

• Remember that if you cannot see the truck in your side mirrors that the truck driver will not be able to see you • Remember if you can’t see one of the truck drivers mirrors than the truck driver also will not be able to see you • Do not enter the lane in front of a truck until you can see the entire front portion of the truck in your rear-view mirror • Never enter the area between the truck and a shoulder or curb if the truck driver has the truck’s turn signal on.

Remembering these four tips should provide a safe distance between you and a truck and keep an accident from occurring.

These are just some of the ways that you can be proactive in insuring you drive safely around large semi trucks and that you are not injured in a trucking accident that may have been avoided by remembering that extra caution should be taken when driving around trucks.

In addition to drivers of passenger cars needing to take extra steps and caution when driving near large trucks, truck drivers must also be aware and cautious of cars driving around their trucks. If you were injured in an accident involving a large semi-truck and feel that the truck driver was at fault in causing the accident, please contact our truck accident attorneys today to talk about what legal options may be available to you.