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A Vancouver Truck Accident Attorney Shares Four Tips for Safely Passing a Big Rig

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Personal Injury Lawyer at McComb Witten Marcoux

Our Vancouver truck accident lawyers would be the first to tell you: It is far easier to prevent truck catastrophes than it is to clean up the aftermath of these often fatal and destructive accidents.


One of the most dangerous acts that any driver can do is to pass a truck. We can all use a “safety primer” on the topic, given its inherent riskiness. Here are four tips for safe truck passing:



1. Temper your impulse to speed pass the truck.


It is unnerving to drive toe-to-toe with an enormous 20-ton vehicle next to you. It is tempting to “get it over with” as quickly as possibly by speeding. Avoid doing this! Play it safe. Wait until another lane opens up between you and the truck or until the relative speeds create a good window for passing.



2. Pay attention to cross drafts.


Trucks driving at highway speed are so enormous that they literally change the local weather. They create their own wind—a wind that can be unpredictable and aggressive. As you pass, brace yourself. Pay close attention to cross drafts. Avoid panicking or overcompensating, but be mindful that you could be pulled or pushed.



3. Watch for blind spots.


The trucker may or may not see your vehicle—particularly if you linger in a blind spot prior to making your passing move. Be on the alert for signs that the driver is veering into your lane. Don’t be afraid to use that horn!



4. Give the truck lots of room before you pull back into the lane.


Once you have passed, you might be tempted to move back into the truck's lane. Do not pull in too quickly. Trucks traveling at highway speeds have tremendous momentum. The truck may not be able to brake in time. Give the truck a wide berth.



If you need help understanding what to do after a truck crash, connect with a Vancouver truck accident attorney at McComb Witten. Give us a call today at 604-255-9018 to schedule your complimentary case consultation. You may also wish to download a free copy of our e-book entitled Your Family Doctor Could Make or Break Your ICBC Claim for more information.