How Motorcyclists Can Avoid Truck Accidents

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Occupants of smaller vehicles are at a much higher risk of being killed or injured when they’re involved in a truck accident.

Occupants of smaller vehicles are at a much higher risk of being killed or injured when they’re involved in a truck accident. However, if you are a motorcyclist, the risks of being injured or killed are simply magnified, because you have no protection that can reduce the risks of serious or fatal injuries in an accident with a commercial truck. It is therefore important that you protect yourself by riding safely around the truck.

One other major mistakes that motorcyclists can make while they are riding around a tractor trailer, is to stay for too long in the blind spots of the truck driver. There are danger zones around the truck, and motorcyclists who are in these blind spots, may not be noticed by the truck driver. That can have devastating consequences because the truck driver cannot avoid hitting your vehicle.

Never hang out in these blind spots, especially in the front of the truck, just behind the truck, and on the sides of the truck. If you are riding right in front of the truck, avoid slamming on the brakes suddenly. The truck will take a much long time to come to a complete stop, and can hit your motorcycle with catastrophic consequences.

Ride at safe speeds around the truck. Don’t use this time to try out stunts, or race the truck, or indulge in other foolish behaviors that can increase your risk of being injured or killed.

Always wear a helmet when you ride, and avoid helmets that are not certified by the Department of Transportation.  Increase your chances of being seen by the truck driver by wearing brightly-colored clothing, and use your signals liberally.

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