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Do You Know How to Drive Around Large Trucks?

Our Truck Accident Attorneys Invite You to Test Your Knowledge of Sharing the Road with Commercial Trucks

According to the United States Department of Transportation, there are an estimated 133 million trucks in operation across the nation. Of these trucks, nearly 130 million are used for commercial purposes.  Odds are you will share the road with a tractor trailer on a daily basis.  Driving next to an 18 wheeler can be frightening due to their sheer size.  It can also be dangerous.  These massive vehicles have large blind spots and could crush smaller passenger vehicles in the event of an accident. Our South Florida truck accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano created the quiz below to test your knowledge of sharing the road with commercial trucks. Being aware and following some simple precautions can help you stay safe during your daily commute and other travels.

Q: A big rig is driving to the right of you.  You should:

  • Move so that you are driving behind the truck.
  • Speed up and pass the truck.
  • Slow down or speed up so that you are in view of the trucker’s face in the side mirrors.
  • Switch lanes so you are on the other side of the truck.

 

A: The correct answer is 3. Commercial trucks have large “no zones” or blind spots.  If you cannot see the driver’s face in the side mirrors, the driver probably cannot see you.  Driving behind a truck is dangerous because the trucker cannot see you and you cannot see around the truck.  Passing or switching lanes around a truck should only be done if necessary and with caution.

Q: How much space should you leave between yourself and a truck?

  • 20 car lengths
  • Ten car lengths
  • Two car lengths
  • As little as possible

 

A: The correct answer is 1. When following behind a truck, it is safest to leave about 20 car lengths in between yourself and the truck. This may seem like a lot, but due to the size of trucks they will obscure your visibility.  By leaving adequate space, you can stop if traffic conditions change.

Q: If you see a truck driver swerving or behaving erratically, you should:

  1. Move away from the vehicle if you can safely do so.
  2. Call the number on the truck to report the driver.
  3. Contact law enforcement officers if you feel the trucker poses a threat to others.
  4. All of the above.

A: The correct answer is 4. If you are driving in the vicinity of a truck that appears to be swerving or behaving in an erratic manner, you should safely move away from the truck.  Have a passenger in the car dial the number on the back of the truck to report the driver and contact law enforcement officers if you fear the driver will injure someone.

Contact the South Florida Tractor Trailer Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation!

We hope our quiz offers some helpful tips for navigating the road around large commercial trucks.  In the event you are ever injured in a truck accident, contact the Miami Truck Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano.  At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we bring over 130 years of combined professional experience to your case.  Our Miami based law firm understands the tremendous consequences a truck accident can inflict and will fight to see that you fully recover.  We have the honor of receiving an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and were named a Top South Florida Law Firm by the Miami Herald.  Call us today at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to schedule your free consultation.  You can also contact us online.

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