Last week, a man was rushed to the hospital after a crash in Ogden caused him to be trapped behind the cab of a semi-truck trailer. According to Fox13now.com, a minivan was heading west on 1150 S. close to 5600 W. when, a little after noon, a 45-year old man drifted into the lane in which traffic was heading in the opposite direction. The minivan collided with a semi-truck. Lt. Matt Jensen of the Weber County’s Sheriff’s Office said that the van became trapped in the back of the semi. According to Jensen, it took first responders roughly 45 minutes to remove the man from the van. The injured man was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
We hope that everyone involved in this accident can make a full recovery. Now, we do not know what the cause of this accident was; however, we thought this would be an excellent opportunity to brush up on some safety tips when you are driving around large vehicles. Accidents involving cars and semis are especially scary because semis are such large vehicles. It is important for drivers of regular cars to be aware of larger vehicles on the road. For example, buses, semis, large trucks, and other large vehicles can be more dangerous for drivers because a potential accident can be devastating due to the weight and size difference between the two vehicles.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recommends the following for staying safe:
- Avoid “No Zones.” Larger vehicles have larger blind spots or No Zones. If you cannot see the driver’s side mirrors, then it is very probable that the driver cannot see you. Always try to stay visible for the driver.
- Safely Pass the Driver. When you are going to pass a larger vehicle, try to do so safely. You can be safer by using your turning signal, passing on the left side, and staying to the right when a larger vehicle is passing you.
- Watch for Wide Turns. Larger vehicles have to take wider turns. They might even start a turn from the middle of a lane. Don’t try to squeeze by.
- Be aware. Driving near a larger vehicle requires vigilance. You cannot simply slip into a distracted stupor. According to the National Safety Council, multitasking is a myth. Don’t think that you can check your phone while driving.
- Follow other rules of the road. For example, don’t drive when you are tired, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Being safe while you are close to larger vehicles is vital. Here at The Advocates Law Firm, we regularly see clients who have had an encounter with one of these enormous vehicles. The results are devastating. We strongly advise all drivers to take their road responsibility seriously and incorporate many of these suggestions into their driving if they have not already. Doing so will not only reduce the odds that you are involved in a severe accident, but they will also help you better know what to do when you encounter a large vehicle on the road. As always, if you have any questions regarding the contents of this article or general questions about your accident, contact The Advocates Law Firm.