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18 Wheeler Accidents in El Paso: How to Stay Safe

Posted by Martin Rocha | Nov 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

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18 wheelers are a necessity in society. They bring goods to the people, from companies overseas or across the country. That's the reason why these giant trucks tend to populate the freeways of America. El Paso sees its fair share of trucks because our city is a hub of trade and transportation. Since there are more semi trucks on the streets of El Paso, all drivers must practice extra caution when out and about. Failing to do so could result in an accident. If this is your case, the Lettunich Law Firm is ready to help.

How To Drive Safely Around 18 Wheelers

Since many El Pasoans are used to the fact that they'll see a handful of semi trucks whenever they go out for a drive, there's a good chance these drivers don't see semi trucks as anything to worry about. This false sense of security can be detrimental and it's best to always exercise caution when driving close to 18 wheelers. First and foremost, car drivers must remember that due to the size of semi trucks, the truck drivers aren't able to see much of their surroundings. This is why it's not safe to drive on the right side of a semi-truck.

Remember, 18 Wheelers Have Bigger Blind Spots!

If you've ever been about to change lanes and you check your rearview mirror and see that you're free to do the change but then, at the last moment, you realize there's a car right in your blind spot so you abort the lane changing mission. Although the adjacent car might've appeared out of nowhere, it was actually always next to you but you just couldn't see it because it was right in your blind spot. Cars have small blind spots because they're pretty compact. Semi trucks, on the other hand, have much larger blind spots.

This is why most semi trucks have rear signs that tell drivers to practice caution because the semi truck does “wide right turns.” The reason these signs tend to focus on the right side as opposed to the left is due to the fact that the truck driver has a greater blind spot on the right side. If you fail to heed this warning, there's a good chance that the truck driver may accidentally cause some damage.

What To Do After 18 Wheeler Accidents

There are instances in which drivers who practice extreme caution when driving around semi trucks still face accidents. This can be due to the truck driver not paying attention or maybe they were exhausted. In order to get to the bottom of it, you should hire an 18 wheeler accident attorney. This way, you'll be able to recover in peace without having to worry about mounting medical bills. The Lettunich Law Firm is ready to help. Contact us today to learn more!

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