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Do truck drivers always know they’ve been in a crash?

On Behalf of | Jan 18, 2019 | Truck Accidents

Highway collisions involving large trucks are common, particularly in areas where these vehicles transport goods. Large trucks can be tens of thousands of pounds, which makes them some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road, if not the most dangerous.

The average passenger vehicle weighs around 4,000 pounds, while an 18-wheeler may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. As you can imagine, getting into a collision with a vehicle of that size is going to do incredible damage to the smaller car.

Did you know that you could be hit, and the driver might not realize it?

Trucks are so large that there is a chance that you could be in a collision with the vehicle and have the driver remain unaware. The impact of a smaller vehicle, especially at reduced speeds, may be virtually unnoticeable. If that happens and the driver begins to pull away, make sure you make an effort to sound your horn and get the driver’s attention. You should also write down the license plate number as quickly as possible so that you can get in touch.

Today’s technology makes it easier to survive incidents with large trucks, but that doesn’t mean anyone wants to get into a crash with one. If you’re going to avoid a collision, you need to pay attention and be aware of your surroundings. Always give large trucks enough time to pass or back up, and make sure you don’t stay in the vehicle’s blind spot. These tips can help save your life, even if the driver doesn’t notice your vehicle.