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Avoiding Accidents with Large Trucks When Driving at Night

By John Page on June 12, 2017

Truck Accident Lawyers in MOThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports the frequency of traffic fatalities is three times greater at night. Only 25 percent of all driving occurs at night, yet over 50 percent of the total traffic deaths occur then. During fall and winter, it gets dark earlier and the weather can be treacherous. In addition, there are generally more large commercial trucks transporting and delivering goods in anticipation of the holiday season. Driving at night between October and February can be more dangerous than at other times of the year.

The dangers associated with night driving and large trucks are present all year round. Here are some of the issues to consider when driving at night around large commercial vehicles.

Blind Spots

The drivers operating tractor-trailer trucks typically have reduced visibility due to blind-spots. These primary blind spots exist along the right front quarter, at the left rear corner, and directly behind the vehicle. If you are unable to see the driver’s side-view mirror on a tractor trailer, you are likely in one of the blind spots.

Right Turns

A vehicle’s rear wheels have a shorter path, making them more likely to hit curbs during turns. Large trucks need a wider distance to execute a clean turn. This is why you often see tractor trailer drivers swerve to the left before turning right. You should avoid passing trucks on the right when approaching intersections to prevent possibly getting caught between the truck and a curb.

Passing

Don’t try to pass a truck while it is backing up, as the driver may be unable to see you. Pass trucks on the left-hand side and remember to maintain your speed. Be sure to allow adequate space before switching lanes back in front of a truck since trucks require more distance to slow down.

Mirrors

Make sure your mirrors are properly positioned to minimize blind spots. From the driver’s seat, you should have some visibility of the left rear corner of the car. Be sure to keep your exterior mirrors clean so they don’t obstruct your vision.

Oncoming Car Headlights

Avoid staring directly into the headlights of oncoming vehicles. Adjust your rear-view mirror to dim the bright headlights of vehicles approaching you from the rear.

Call a St. Louis Truck Accident Attorney Today for a Free Case Evaluation

If you have been injured in an accident involving a large truck at night, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced truck accident attorney, call Page Law today at 314-322-8515 or contact us online.

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