When It’s Truck vs. Motorcycle, the Truck Wins Every Time
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and if you’re a motorcyclist in Texas, you are probably grateful that local government and organizations are shining a light on keeping motorcycle riders safer on the roads. Unfortunately, many times, motorcycle accidents are not caused by the motorcyclists, but by motorists who are being reckless.
No one riding a motorcycle wants to get into an accident, but they definitely don’t want to have a run-in with an 18-wheeler or other large truck. Trucks do major damage to passenger vehicles in accidents, so it’s scary to imagine what a truck can do to a motorcycle. Truck drivers are responsible for operating their vehicles safely, but as a motorcyclist, you need to do everything you can to protect yourself as well.
- Stay out of blind spots. Trucks have so many blind spots that it almost in your best interest to just assume the truck driver can’t see you. One major blind spot you might not know about is right in front of the truck. A trucker may not even realize you are driving in front of them, and if there is a need to brake quickly, you will be in bad shape if there’s a big rig behind you.
- Don’t speed. Trucks and motorcycles are very different in the ways they accelerate and how quickly they can reach certain speeds. If you’re in traffic behind a truck and traffic starts to move, your motorcycle is going to accelerate much faster than the slower truck.
- Wear a helmet. It’s a shame that this safety measure needs to be mentioned time and time again, but not all motorcyclists are getting the message. If you get into an accident with a truck, there is nothing to protect your head from any type of impact. Wear your helmet and greatly increase your chance of surviving a truck wreck.
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