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Driving safely near large trucks

Driving next to large trucks is relatively safe if truck drivers are trained and have experience. As long as everybody is paying attention, things should go smoothly. However, driving next to a truck does not always feel safe. The risks involved when driving next to a large truck usually stem from the truck itself, and being aware of the potential dangers can help West Virginia motorists drive safely and confidently next to a big rig.

As trucks take longer to stop than other vehicles, motorists must be careful when maneuvering around them in heavy traffic. Big trucks sometimes take twice as long to stop, so a car driver should not plan on cutting in front of a truck. Trucks also have blind spots that other vehicles should not travel in. This is where accidents are most likely to happen with big trucks because the trucker cannot see the other vehicle.

Those in smaller vehicles have an innate desire to move out the way for bigger vehicles. This is referred to as the law of gross tonnage. Self-preservation instincts dictate one should move out of the way for larger trucks. However, one must take care to do this safely by giving big rigs more time and space than other vehicles.

Motorists do not always act rationally when driving near large trucks, so many crashes may take place because of a driver in a smaller vehicle. However, big rig accidents could be the fault of a commercial driver in many cases. People who have been injured in crashes involving large trucks might want to meet with an attorney to see what recourse they might have.

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