Top Tips to Avoid a New Mexico Semi-Truck’s Blind Spot Las Cruces
At the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane, P.A., our truck accident attorneys in Las Cruces know that a crash with a commercial vehicle can lead to catastrophic injuries and truck fatalities in New Mexico.
One way to potentially avoid these serious crashes is to remain clear of a Semi-Truck driver’s blind spots and other dangerous areas when traveling alongside these monstrous vehicles.
Here is what our Dona Ana County residents need to know to stay safe on our city streets, rural roads, and interstates.
Intelligent Safety Tips When Sharing the Road with Semi-Truck Traffic in New Mexico
The very first thing passenger vehicle drivers need to know about avoiding truck accidents is to stay clear of the truck’s blind spots.
There is a blind spot directly in front and behind the truck, and one on each side of the truck that can span several lines. A good rule of thumb is, if you cannot see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, they cannot see you either.
Since one of the largest blind spots on a Semi-Truck is directly behind the large vehicle, it is important to never tailgate a commercial vehicle.
If the truck makes a sudden stop, your vehicle may collide with the bottom of the truck, which can take the top directly off your car, and cause significant injuries or sudden death.
The same goes for traveling in front of a truck. The large vehicle will take a much longer time and distance to stop than your much smaller vehicle will. That means if you change lanes, and squeeze in right in front of a truck, they could quite literally run over your vehicle if you must stop suddenly.
Finally, pay attention to all lights on the truck and those on your own vehicle when traveling near a commercial vehicle.
Turn signals, taillights, and brake lights all give important clues about where you and the truck are, how far away from each other you are, and whether you are turning or continuing straight.
The more information all drivers have about other motorists’ behaviors, including truck drivers, the more you can prepare for any changes or sudden stops that may lead to a collision.
Unfortunately, even when other motorists do everything they can to avoid a truck accident, truck driver negligence can still lead to significant injuries and fatalities on our roadways.
If you have been hurt in a truck accident in Las Cruces, New Mexico, we can help.
Contact Our Skilled Truck Accident Lawyers in Las Cruces, New Mexico Today
Contact our experienced truck accident lawyers in Las Cruces, NM at the Law Office of Samuel I. Kane by calling (575) 222-0472 to schedule a free consultation, so we can review the circumstances of your truck crash injuries and begin building your case for success.