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How to share the road with big rigs

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Accidents in Florida involving big trucks can be very serious. This is a vehicle that has 18 wheels and can generate up to 600 horsepower. If you get into an accident with a truck of this size, the result can be fatal. It will be up to you to learn how to share the road with big rigs. Doing so will keep you safe.

How can you avoid accidents with trucks?

There are a number of steps that you can take in order to avoid getting into motor vehicle accidents involving big trucks. It will be up to you to do all that you can to keep yourself safe by paying attention to big rigs.

The most important thing you can do is to stay out of a big rig’s blind spot. These are areas where the driver of a truck literally can’t see. These include the area directly behind the truck as well as areas on either side of it.

You also want to stay away from a truck if the driver is showing signs of fatigue or inebriation. If this is the case, you may see the truck weaving from lane to lane or moving in other erratic patterns. Slow down and let the truck pass. Stay well out of its way.

What to do if you are in an accident

There are a number of measures that you can take after an accident with a big rig. For one, you can try to get access to the truck’s black box. This will give you info as to the speed the truck was going at the time of the accident and whether they made correct decisions. The black box in many trucks is also used to maintain a communications log.

This is one of the most important pieces of evidence that you can have recourse to after your accident. It’s also a very good idea to obtain eyewitness reports. You can get statements from police and emergency personnel who were on the scene. The more hard evidence you can collect, the stronger your claim will be.


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