When driving on Illinois highways, one often encounters large trucks, which can be much more difficult to maneuver than a traditional passenger vehicle. Drivers are wise to use extra caution when navigating around these trucks. An accident involving a truck can cause much damage to a smaller vehicle and severely injure those involved. By following some basic safety measures, drivers can prevent many accidents involving trucks.
Follow these safety guidelines
Drivers should understand that trucks are not as easy to maneuver out of the way when there are hazards on the roadway. Trucks also have limited visibility due to their size. Drivers are responsible for always using turn signals and watching closely for trucks who are turning or changing lanes. Drivers should also follow trucks at a safe distance and not merge too closely in front of moving trucks.
Semis make wide turns so it’s important for other vehicles to give them enough space to make the turn. Tailgating a large truck can be very problematic as they have blind spots and may not be aware of the vehicle behind them. Plus, trucks take longer to stop, which could lead to an accident if one is following too closely.
Legal help is available after a truck accident
When someone is involved in an accident with a large truck, the injuries are often very serious. This may mean that the victims face a long recovery and may not be able to return to work for a significant amount of time. Illinois accident victims have rights and filing a civil lawsuit against a negligent driver may provide compensation to help pay for accident-related expenses.