If you’ve spent any amount of time on the highways that run through Colorado and/or Wyoming, you’re aware that there’s no escaping large trucks. These vehicles are everywhere, so it’s imperative that you learn to share the road with them.
Of course, sharing the road with commercial trucks is easier said than done. This is particularly true in the event that a trucker is not following the rules of the road.
Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself when driving in close proximity to one or more commercial truck:
- Keep your distance: When possible, create as much distance between your vehicle and large trucks as possible. Even if this means slowing down, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You’d rather reach your destination safely than not at all.
- Follow the rules of the road: Forget about what other drivers, including truckers, are doing. You have the ability to follow the rules of the road, without fail. For instance, don’t pass a slow moving truck in the right lane.
- Make your vehicle visible: When a trucker can’t see your vehicle, there’s a greater chance of an accident. Avoid blind spots, such as those directly next to or behind a commercial truck.
- Watch for dangerous behavior: For example, if you see a trucker who is texting while driving, keep your distance. The same holds true if a trucker appears too drowsy to drive.
Even if you take these steps, you could find yourself injured in a car-truck accident. This calls for immediate action, starting with assessing your injuries and calling 911.
Once you receive medical treatment, you’ll have a clear understanding of your injuries and the recovery process.
As you move forward with treatment, at the direction of your medical team, turn your attention toward the cause of the accident, your legal rights and filing an insurance claim.
There are steps you can take to obtain compensation for your injuries and other damages, such as lost wages. Don’t sell yourself short, as doing so will only make your life more challenging in the interim and over the long term.