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Sharing the Road With Tractor-Trailers: Tips to Keep You Safe

Attorney David I. Fuchs


Attorney David I. Fuchs


Apr. 26, 2016



Traveling on Florida highways and roads can be a tricky (and risky) task, particularly given the number of large tractor-trailers on the road too. Nevertheless, traveling by motor vehicle is necessary for many individuals, and for truckers, using area roadways is crucial to ensuring their loads reach their required destinations in a timely fashion.

That being the case, Fort Lauderdale truck accident lawyer David I. Fuchs is quite familiar with the pressure many truckers face from their trucking companies to make sure the deliveries are made on time — or even sooner — in order to keep profits up.

But when truckers are forced to endure long hours and strict deadlines, accidents can happen. Still, contrary to popular belief, there are ways to keep you and your traveling companions safe when sharing the road with huge tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles.

Staying Safe When Traveling Near Tractor-Trailers

There are several things drivers can do to ensure their safety and the safety of their passengers. One important way to stay safe when sharing the road with big rigs is to be sure to leave sufficient space between the automobile and the truck. This is particularly important because the weight and size of tractor-trailers makes them more difficult to maneuver than motor vehicles that are much lighter and smaller. Truckers generally do not have the ability to stop as easily or as quickly as automobiles, which means if a vehicle is tailgating a truck, the motor vehicle driver will not have adequate time to stop either.

Automobile drivers should also be sure to drive defensively when traveling near tractor-trailers. That means you should always “expect the unexpected” and remain alert at all times. Other nearby drivers may be driving in a haphazard manner, such that a trucker could be forced to change lanes without warning or brake suddenly.

Big rigs can also experience tire separation and/or tire blow-outs that can cause a trucker to lose control of the truck. Even though there are many things that can happen unexpectedly on the road, one thing drivers can do to help protect themselves is to leave sufficient space between their vehicle and the truck.  Doing so can save lives.

Those in motor vehicles should also understand that poor road and/or weather conditions can certainly make things worse. Tractor-trailers can range in weight from 12,000 to 80,000 pounds in some cases, so attempting to handle them in poor conditions like rain, snow or even fog can be quite difficult for even the most experienced truckers.

Consider this: If it is difficult for you to stop when the roadway is slippery, it will be far more difficult for a tractor-trailer to do so. That being the case, be sure to abide by the posted speed limits and again — leave adequate space between yourself and the tractor-trailer.

Let David Fuchs Help

Truckers are governed by a number of federal and state regulations, so it is crucial for anyone who has been injured in a trucking accident to seek legal guidance from David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A.. Let us help you get the just compensation you deserve.