Tractor-trailers are considered by many to be the backbone of the United States economy. These huge trucks are used to efficiently ship merchandise and other goods across the country. Interstates and major highways in Louisiana are heavily used by tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles at all hours of the day and night. For motorists in passenger vehicles, sharing the road with massive tractor-trailers can be very intimidating and also dangerous if the right precautions are not taken. Here are a few safety strategies to keep in mind when driving near tractor-trailers.
Do not tailgate
Tailgating a tractor-trailer can be extremely dangerous. Debris can fall off the back of the truck and go through the windshield of a tailgating vehicle. Also, if the tractor-trailer has to suddenly stop, tailgating vehicles could end up sliding under the trailer.
Be wary of blind spots
Tractor-trailers have big blind spots on all four sides of the vehicle. Never drive in these blind spots. When passing, do so as quickly and safely as possible. Drivers need to remember that if they cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s side mirror, assume that the truck driver cannot see them.
Never cut them off
Tractor-trailers can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. This means it takes longer for them to stop. Drivers in passenger vehicles should never cut off a tractor-trailer or drive directly in front of the truck.
It is extremely important to stay focused at all times behind the wheel and never use a cell phone when driving. Even though truck drivers go through extensive training and are required to obtain special licenses, they can still make mistakes. Those in Louisiana who have suffered injuries or loss due to negligence in truck accidents could benefit by speaking with a legal representative. Damages from a successfully litigated claim could help victims and families recoup financial losses as well as ease pain and suffering.