In 2017, the most recent year for which statistics are available, there were 9,819 traffic accidents involving trucks in Kentucky.
Of those, 79 of the accidents involved at least one fatality.
Sharing the road with a semitruck is different from sharing it with a passenger car. Here are some tips to follow to stay safe on Kentucky highways and roads when semitrucks are in the vicinity.
- Passing a truck. If you must pass a truck, do it on the left, then promptly return to the right lane. If the truck driver decides to pass to the left – and you are still in that lane – you might not be seen. Trucks have large blind spots, and the driver might not see your car.
- Put some distance between your car and the truck. No matter how cautious the driver is, sometimes things happen on the road that are out of the driver's control. There could be a sudden slowdown ahead, and trucks need more room to stop than cars do. Or, semitrucks have lots of tires, increasing the odds of a tire blowout. A flying piece of tire could hit your windshield if you're too close.
- If you need to make a sudden stop for a car or tire malfunction, signal immediately. You might not be able to pull off to the side yet, but give the truck driver behind you plenty of notice. Remember that big trucks need time to slow down.
- Limit all distractions while you're driving. This should be your goal no matter what kind of vehicles are around you.
- Remember that trucks might not be able to make a tight turn on the road and could cross the centerline. If you see a truck turning, try to stay well short of the limit line on the road and move as far to the right as possible.
Your safety and the safety of your passengers is paramount each time you get in your car. Following these road tips can help keep you safe, but if you are in an accident with a large truck, an experienced attorney can help you seek compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.