Safety Tips for Driving Near Commercial Trucks on Nevada’s Highways

When you are driving on Nevada’s highways, there are several types of vehicles that will share the road with you. This includes not only motorcycles, passenger vehicles, and trucks, but also commercial trucks, including 18-wheelers. Understanding the difference between a commercial truck and a standard vehicle is essential in staying safe on Nevada’s highways. This is because, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the majority of fatalities in commercial truck accidents are the victims who were in a passenger vehicle.

Tips for Staying Safe on the Road

In 2017, more than 4,100 people died in commercial truck-related accidents in the United States according to IIHS, based on facts issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Below are several tips for you to follow when you are sharing the road with these large vehicles.

  • Understand the differences: It is obvious from plain sight that an 18-wheeler truck is much larger than a passenger vehicle. What this means is that the commercial truck’s blind spot is vaster and the driver needs more space to maneuver the truck.

  • Be careful when passing: If you want to pass a commercial 18-wheeler, proceed at a steady and safe speed when doing so. Be sure you can see the entire cab of the commercial truck before pulling out in front of it and keep a safe distance in front of the truck, as well.

  • Let a truck pass you: If you see that a commercial truck wants to pass your vehicle, do not try to speed up and race it. If you try to do this, you will likely lose the race. Instead, slow down so you can make it easier for the 18-wheeler to pass you.

  • When a truck is reversing: If you see that an 18-wheeler is backing up, do not try to pass the truck while this is happening. The danger is eminent and could have deadly results. You take the risk of entering the commercial truck’s blind spot and being crushed by the 18-wheeler.

  • Trucks and wide turns: This can be a potentially dangerous scenario. Some 18-wheelers have to swing left in order to make a right turn. When this happens, the truck driver can neither see behind nor beside the 18-wheeler. For this reason, trying to cut to the right of the truck will almost surely cause a wreck.

  • Driving near a truck: If you are driving your vehicle near an 18-wheeler, do so with caution. This is particularly true during the night. Do not put your high beams on as trucks have large mirrors that will reflect the bright light back to your eyes. This can cause temporary blindness or inability to see clearly and can result in a serious accident.

Legal Help in Las Vegas

If you or someone you know has experienced a Las Vegas car accident with a commercial 18-wheeler truck, contact the knowledgeable attorneys at Parry & Pfau today. We will help you pursue the monetary compensation to which you are entitled under Nevada law for harm suffered.


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