According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), large truck and bus crash facts more than 50% of accidents causing fatal injuries involved large trucks.

Given the increasing volume of large trucks traveling on I-94 and US-23 in Ann Arbor, there are safety tips that motorists should follow in order to minimize the possibility of being a victim of a personal injury accident involving a large commercial truck.

Safety experts recommend the following safety tips when driving near large trucks:

1. Never Cut In Front of a Truck
Allow more space when passing a truck than you would with a car. A large truck requires more distance to stop, so it is important to leave plenty of space when moving over in front of a truck.

2. Wait for the Right Time to Pass and as Quickly and Safely as Possible
Only pass a truck when you can see there is space ahead to do so swiftly. You do not want to linger in the lane beside a truck for any longer than necessary.

3. Stay Out of a Truck’s Blind Spot
It is safer to pass a truck on the driver=s side if possible. Trucks have a larger blind spot on the passenger side.

4. Be Predictable
This is important in any driving situation, but especially when it comes to proximity to large trucks. Use signals clearly so that a truck driver can see what you intend to do and can adjust their own driving accordingly. Never change lanes or turn without using your signals.

5. Be Careful Where You Pull off of the Highway
If you need to pull off the highway in between exits, try to find a wide shoulder or a designated pull-off spot. Many accidents happen because a car is pulled over and struck by a passing truck that swerves a little on to the shoulder.

6. Avoid Aggressive Driving
Commercial trucks are subject to lower speed limits and therefore it is critical to avoid distracted driving when near large trucks. For everyone’s safety, please put your phones away when driving.

7. Use Caution if a Truck is Turning
A truck needs greater clearance to turn than a car. In addition, the driver has less visibility. Assume that the truck is moving faster than you think it is and requires most of the intersection to safely make a turn.

8. Be Courteous When Driving
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A trucking accident generally results in catastrophic or fatal injuries for occupants of the smaller vehicle and the accident claims are complex and challenging. It is extremely important to have an attorney with experience in trucking accident claims review your case and help you pursue the maximum compensation you are entitled to. If you or a love one has been injured in a truck accident, our Ann Arbor Personal Injury Law Firm can help.

Logeman, Iafrate, Logeman, P.C. has been helping accident victims throughout Michigan for over 45 years. We are committed to helping the injured from trucking accidents recover full and fair compensation for their economic losses, pain, and suffering. Please feel free to contact the firm at any time for advice or for help with your auto accident injury claim.