Roads across the state of Colorado are full of tractor-trailers and other large commercial trucks. These massive trucks are used to transport merchandise and make deliveries for companies in nearly every industry. For those in passenger vehicles, it can be nerve-racking to drive near massive tractor-trailers, so drivers often try to pass them in a hurry. However, there are some things drivers need to be aware of before they attempt to pass a tractor-trailer.
Know the blind spots
Tractor-trailers have large blind spots along their sides as well as directly behind and in front of the truck. Even though most tractor-trailers have large side view mirrors, truck drivers still can’t see everything around them because of the size of the vehicle. Know where a tractor-trailer’s blind spots are and always avoid driving in these blind spots.
How to properly pass
The most important thing to remember is to never pass a tractor-trailer on the right. If a tractor-trailer has moved into the left lane, there’s generally a good reason. Have patience and wait for the truck to move out of the way. Only pass on the left, use signals and pass as quickly and safely as possible. Never match the truck’s speed and ride beside them for an extended period of time.
By design, tractor-trailers are large and very intimidating. Getting into an accident with a tractor-trailer often turns out to be deadly. Those in Colorado who have been injured or suffered the loss of a dear loved one as the result of negligence in truck accidents reserve the right to contact a knowledgeable attorney and seek legal recourse. A successfully litigated claim could result in vital compensation to help victims and families recover and move forward from a traumatic accident.