Accidents that involve large commercial trucks have the potential to cause you severe injury or result in your death if one of these large vehicles impacts your automobile. For this reason, you want to take special care when you approach a commercial truck on an Alabama highway.
Big truck drivers have the responsibility to watch out for you and other motorists. Still, the large size of a commercial truck makes it harder to maneuver the vehicle out of the way of other automobiles, so you should know how trucks turn in comparison to smaller vehicles.
When trucks make a turn
You have probably seen a number of commercial trucks on the road, so you know that they tend to tow a large trailer behind them. These trailers often carry goods bound for a destination such as a store or a warehouse. Because of their large size, these trailers need much more room to turn than a car or a pickup truck.
As a result, when you see a truck in front of you start to turn, you can expect the truck to swing wider in order for the trailer to complete the turn. According to the FMCSA, you might even see a truck begin a turn from a middle lane. This makes it even more important to stay out of a truck’s blind spot as the trailer could impact you when it swings.
Stay away from turning trucks
If you see a truck about to turn, do not pull alongside the truck. Not only could the trailer hit you, but you might run into the trailer when it cuts across the lane. Additionally, stop your vehicle before the white line at an intersection. You do not want to get stuck in an intersection if a light turns red. You might end up in the path of a large truck that is about to turn. These and other safety tips may spare you serious injury and possibly save your life.