In the hustle and bustle of modern traffic, it’s not uncommon for smaller vehicle drivers to find themselves in potentially dangerous situations with larger trucks. One of the most perilous scenarios on the road is the risk of being T-boned by a truck.
These accidents can have devastating consequences, which is why it’s crucial for small vehicle drivers to understand the risks and take preventive measures.
Blind spots and truck visibility
T-bone accidents, alias side-impact collisions, occur when the front of a vehicle crashes into the side of another. When a smaller vehicle gets T-boned by a truck, the outcome can be catastrophic due to the significant size and weight difference between the two.
To avoid such accidents, drivers of smaller vehicles should be aware that truck drivers often have large blind spots, or “no-zones,” where smaller vehicles can go unnoticed. To stay safe, small vehicle drivers should not linger in a truck’s blind spot and instead pass trucks quickly and decisively.
Drivers of small vehicles should also continuously monitor their mirrors to stay aware of their surroundings and keep a safe distance from trucks to help ensure truck drivers can see them.
Predict truck movements
Anticipating the actions of a truck is essential for small vehicle drivers. Drivers of small vehicles can do this by using their turn signals to communicate with truck drivers when merging or changing lanes.
Drivers should also give trucks ample space when merging in front of them to avoid sudden braking. It’s also crucial to remember that trucks need more space to make turns; small vehicles should avoid squeezing in next to a turning truck.
Suppose you sustain catastrophic injuries in a crash with a truck; you should know that you can pursue compensation for your losses.