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How do I drive safely near large trucks?

Driving is an inherently dangerous activity, even if you practice all recommended safety measures to prevent accidents. It’s one thing to be a safe driver, but it’s another thing to anticipate the movements of drivers around you. You cannot trust that other drivers will be just as safe as you — including truck drivers. Here’s how you can safely drive near large trucks in Illinois.

You need to be patient when driving near large trucks. They do not accelerate as quickly as cars or SUVs and might even have speed restrictors installed. Do not tailgate, honk your horn, pass aggressively or engage in any other egative behavior that could lead to a collision with a truck.

Tailgating is very dangerous. If you don’t leave yourself enough room to stop, crashing into the rear of a truck can be devastating.

Blind spots are a big problem when it comes to driving near large trucks in Illinois. Trucks have blind spots all around, but the worst are on the sides. If you are driving too close to a truck, you won’t be able to see the driver in the mirror of the truck, which means that the driver won’t be able to see you either.

When passing a truck, be sure to leave plenty of room so that it does not clip the rear of your vehicle. If you pass too closely and a truck clips you, it can send your vehicle into an out-of-control spin and even flip your vehicle.

Trying to keep yourself safe on Illinois roads can be challenging. Being injured in a truck accident can change your life forever. Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand the legal process involved in obtaining compensation.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “Tips for Driving Safely Around Large Trucks or Buses,” accessed Aug. 03, 2017