Tractor-trailers are one of the best options for shipping merchandise and other goods across large distances. These days, it seems interstates and major highways in Nevada are filled with tractor-trailers at all hours of the day. For motorists in smaller passenger vehicles, it can be very nerve-racking to share crowded highways with these big rigs. Attempting to pass a massive tractor-trailer can be especially intimidating. Here are a few ways drivers in Nevada can safely pass a tractor-trailer and avoid truck accidents.
Tractor-trailers have blind spots on all four sides of the vehicle, and drivers should always be aware of these blind spots when they approach a tractor-trailer. The biggest blind spot for the truck driver is on the right side of the truck, so always pass a tractor-trailer on the left and do so in a quick and safe manner. Never ever linger in a truck driver’s blind spots.
Because they are massive, tractor-trailers require more time to stop. If traffic suddenly comes to a halt, any vehicle directly in front of the truck could possibly be crushed. This is why drivers should never merge in front of a tractor-trailer after making a pass. It’s basically cutting the truck driver off and leaves the truck no room to stop in an emergency situation.
Drivers do not have to be intimidated when passing tractor-trailers on the highway. Just remember to give these trucks plenty of space and never linger in the blind spots. Unfortunately, any accident involving a tractor-trailer is more likely to be fatal. When negligence in truck accidents causes injury or death, victims or surviving family members in Nevada can take action by consulting a seasoned litigator. A successful lawsuit could result in compensation to help recoup any financial losses.