4 tips for safely sharing Connecticut roads with large trucks

Taking steps to share the roads safely with large trucks may help drivers reduce their risk of suffering serious injuries or death in trucking accidents.

Every day, people in Hartford, and throughout Connecticut, share the roads with commercial vehicles. Unfortunately, collisions involving these large trucks and smaller, passenger vehicles commonly occur. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported that in 2013 alone, there were more approximately 327,000 accidents involving large commercial vehicles. Often, it is the drivers and passengers of the other vehicles involved who are seriously injured or killed as a result of such crashes. However, there are things that drivers can do to help safely share the roads with tractor-trailers, and reduce their risk of being involved in a commercial vehicle collision.

1. Avoid distractions

It is always important for people to avoid distractions while driving, including talking on the phone or texting. This can be especially crucial, however, when sharing the road with large trucks. By concentrating on the task of driving, motorists may be better able to identify and respond to changes in driving conditions and road hazards.

2. Watch out for wide right turns

In order to make safe right turns, and avoid jumping the curb, truckers commonly have to swing their vehicles wide to the left before turning. As such, they may not see other vehicles that have squeezed between their trucks and the curbs. Therefore, it is advisable for motorists to pay attention to semitrailers' blinkers, and to allow truckers the time and room they need to safely operate their vehicles.

3. Stay out of the no zones

Commercial vehicles generally have four large blind spots. Located in the front, rear and on both sides of large trucks, it is important for other drivers to stay out of these so-called no zones. The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles points out that if people cannot see a tractor-trailer's side view mirrors, than it is probable that the trucker cannot see their vehicles. In order to avoid trucking accidents, then, it is best for motorists to avoid traveling for extended periods in large trucks' no zones.

4. Merge and pass safely

In general, it takes large commercial vehicles longer to get up to speed, and to stop, than other automobiles. Therefore, it is important that drivers use care when merging and passing these large trucks. Motorists should not be too hasty to accelerate when pulling behind tractor-trailers that have just entered the road or highway. Additionally, drivers should refrain from pulling in front of large trucks and then stopping or slowing suddenly. Truckers may be unable to adjust their speed in time to avoid serious collisions.

Consulting with an attorney

Even when Connecticut drivers use caution and care, they may still be involved in commercial vehicle accidents. As a result, they may suffer injuries, which require medical treatment. In cases when negligent truckers, or trucking companies, are responsible for causing such collisions, they may be held responsible for the resulting damages. Therefore, those who have experienced situations such as this may benefit from seeking legal representation. An attorney may help them to understand their rights and options, as well as to determine who was at fault for causing their crashes. Dressler Law can help you understand your rights and options, as well as to determine who was at fault for causing the accident.