When you are on the highways near semi trucks, you have to make sure that you are taking care of the safety hazards that you can control. You can't force a trucker to drive safely, but you don't have to do anything that might contribute to a crash. Each year, there are more than 250,000 crashes that pit a semi against a car. In the vast majority of these cases, the driver of the personal vehicle contributed to the incident.
You have to give these vehicles space to maneuver. They are large and heavy, which means that they take longer to stop and need more room to turn. With this in mind, you need to ensure that you act appropriately, avoid crowding them and don't pass them unnecessarily.
When you must pass a truck, use an abundance of caution. For example, it is going to take you a bit of time to pass a big rig that has a trailer attached. These vehicles have large blind spots, so you have to try to pass at a time when you can move past the 18-wheeler without having to remain on the side of it. If you can't see the trucker's face, they can't see you.
There is another blind spot in the front of the rig, so don't cut in too close when you get into the same lane as the semi truck. Leaving plenty of room between you and the semi can also help to give the trucker room to stop if necessary. This could prevent you from being rear-ended by these large vehicles.
If you are struck by a big rig because the trucker was driving in an unsafe manner, you might be able to pursue compensation. This can help you to reduce the financial struggle you may face after an accident.