Semi-trucks are a common presence on Massachusetts roads. These vehicles and their drivers play a vital role in our economy by moving goods across the country. However, they also pose a threat to other motorists, as their massive size can cause devastating damage and injuries to those in other vehicles should an accident occur. In far too many cases, unsuspecting motorists are killed in these wrecks. While the onus is on truck drivers to ensure the safety of other motorists, there are certain steps you can take to better protect yourself when driving near a big rig.

First, do not quickly change lanes in front of a semi-truck. This might force the truck to slam on the brakes and, if you need to stop abruptly, the truck may not be able to stop in time to avoid hitting you. Second, be careful to accurately judge an oncoming truck’s speed when you are at an intersection. Failing to do this could result in a seriously catastrophic truck accident.

Third, be sure to stay out of a trucker’s blind spots. These are usually behind and beside the truck. Abiding by this rule will help ensure the trucker is aware of your presence and does not move into your vehicle. Fourth, when a truck is attempting to change lanes, speed up or slow down to give the truck room to move. If you do not give the truck room, it might slam into you and cause you serious injury.

While these are helpful tips to avoid collision with a truck, the reality is that there is only so much you can do to protect yourself. In the end, far too many individuals are injured in a truck accident at the hands of negligence. When this is the case it might be best to speak to an attorney about your legal rights.

Source: FindLaw, “Common Causes of Truck Accidents,” accessed on Dec. 7, 2014