As winter quickly approaches, you must be cautious of your safety on the road. While you may be careful to navigate the road safely in inclement weather conditions, other drivers may not take the same precautions and you may find yourself involved in a serious car or truck accident. There are steps you can take to minimize your risk of becoming involved in a devastating truck accident while out on the road this fall and winter.

First, drive appropriately for the current weather condition. Large trucks are especially dangerous to smaller vehicles in bad weather, such as ice, wind, snow, rain and fog. These conditions can cause large trucks to jackknife, slide or tip over when truckers are speeding, distracted, under the influence or negligent. Stay out of the truck driver’s blind spots, which are largely on the right-hand side and behind the truck. If you find yourself in one of these spots, you should attempt to pass the truck quickly and on the left-hand side of the truck. Keep in mind that if you cannot see truck drivers in their side view mirrors, they cannot see you.

Furthermore, never pull out in front of a large truck, as they require a longer distance to slow down and stop when compared to other vehicles. Remember, large trucks that are loaded improperly and do not have their weight equally distributed throughout the trailer are at greater risk for tipping.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.