San Bernardino County is home to the only operating rare-earth element mine in this country. People who are on the roadways in the Inland Empire area are likely going to encounter semitrucks traversing to and from the Mountain Pass mine. This is in addition to semitrucks from other businesses.
That makes it particularly important to understand the dangers of being near semis on the road. The more you know, the better you can protect yourself.
Semitrucks need more space than other vehicles
Semitrucks need extra room to maneuver. It takes them longer than the average vehicle to start moving and to stop. They need extra room when executing turns, especially right turns.
Additionally, truck drivers can’t see in the area immediately around the truck because of the large blind spots. You shouldn’t ever stay on the side of a semitruck for a prolonged time because the trucker can’t see your vehicle. Pass quickly, when necessary, and don’t cut the truck off when you merge.
Truckers must do their part
Truckers are operating rigs that are very large and heavy. They must always remain vigilant while they’re driving. They shouldn’t ever drive aggressively. They need to be sober and fully aware, which means they can’t drive while they’re impaired, distracted or fatigued.
Unfortunately, truckers who are feeling rushed to make a delivery or to a pickup may take risks that lead to crashes. Other drivers need to be conscious of trucks that are speeding and just let them pass.
If your vehicle was struck by a semitruck, the consequences can be traumatic and affect you and your loved ones for the rest of your lives. Make sure that you get appropriate legal guidance as you pursue fair compensation for your claim.