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Tips to stay safe around semi-trucks

Earlier this week we discussed a semi-truck accident in Jackson County, Michigan. Luckily there were no other vehicles involved in that accident and no one was injured. As we frequently mention, collisions involving semi-trucks often result in catastrophic long-term injuries or death.

Semi-truck accidents are often caused by a truck driver's fatigue, improper maintenance of the truck or unbalanced cargo, but there are a number of things that motor vehicle drivers can do to avoid getting into an accident with a large truck.

Roadsafe America provides a number of tips for drivers to stay as safe as possible around these massive vehicles:

  • Do not drive in a truck's blind spot. If you cannot see the truck's side mirrors, the driver of the truck cannot see you.
  • Do not cut in front of large vehicles, which require a very significant distance to come to a stop. Forcing a large vehicle, like a bus or a truck, to stop quickly can result in a collision.
  • When passing a truck or large vehicle on the highway, accelerate slightly but maintain a stable speed while passing. Do not pull in front of the truck until the entire cab is viewable in your rear-view mirror.
  • In wet conditions and on highways, make sure to give trucks a minimum of four to six seconds of space.
  • If you see unsafe truck driving, call police to report it.

These are just a few things drivers can do to avoid being in a truck accident. It is also wise to be sure one is well-rested and alert behind the wheel, as well as keep one's vehicle maintained. Of course, standard tips also include always slowing down in work zones, wearing a seat belt and keeping a proper distance between vehicles. By driving safe it is possible to prevent some car accidents and injuries.

Source: RoadsafeAmerica.org, "Driver Safety Tips," copyright 2009

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