Q: Do big-rigs have the right-of-way on the highway?
Some commercial truck drivers may act like they have the right-of-way on the highway, but that is not true. Every car on the road must follow the same rules and regulations. That being said, it's important to remember that although we must all abide by the same rules, we are not all the same size. An average car is about 4,000 pounds, while a commercial truck can be up to 80,000 pounds. It's up to the truck drivers to drive as safely as they can, but there are just going to be certain situations in which they can't stop as quickly or even see you as you pass them. While they don't have the right-of-way, there are still certain things you need to be aware of when you're driving near a large truck.
Trucks can be hard to control in windy conditions. Though they are quite heavy, they can drift into lanes very easily if the winds hit them hard enough. If you need to pass a truck, do so as quickly and safely as possible.
Be aware of the fact that trucks have many, many blind spots. You are better off just assuming they don't see you because, more often than not, that is the case.
Give truck drivers plenty of room if they are making a turn. Those turns can be extremely wide, and you don't want to get in their way.
If you were injured in a truck accident, and you feel that the collision was the fault of the truck driver, contact Girards Law for a free consultation at 888-897-2762.