When you drive around semi trucks, you can’t treat them the same as you treat other vehicles. These large commercial vehicles can be deadly, so everyone must take proper precautions around them. While it is the duty of the trucker to operate the big rig in a safe manner, these points can help you to improve your safety around big trucks.

First, remember that these trucks can’t stop suddenly. The stopping distance for a big rig that is going 55 mph is 190 to 200 feet unless the brakes are hot. Hot brakes mean it will take the trucker around 450 feet to stop from a speed of 55 mph. A passenger vehicle will only need around 120 to 140 feet to stop at that speed. This doesn’t include stopping in the rain, in snow or on ice. All of those factors would increase the stopping distance even more.

Second, big rigs are bulky. Drivers can’t make tight turns and maneuver in the same manner as passenger vehicle drivers. This means that the trucker might have to veer left in order to make a right turn. Giving the trucker the room he or she needs to make turns can help you to remain safe.

Third, semi trucks are long and heavy. These rigs can weigh 80,000 pounds when they are fully loaded. They can be more than 65 feet long. This can have an impact on how the trucks are able to accelerate. It also creates blind spots around the truck that the trucker can’t see, so be sure that you aren’t driving in the blind spots on the side of the vehicle. You should be able to see the driver.

If you are injured in a semi truck accident, several factors will be considered in a claim for compensation. Ensuring you take these safety points into consideration might help your claim.

Source: Stop Unsafe Trucks, “The Facts and Statistics,” accessed Dec. 23, 2016