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Semi-Phobia: Learn What it is and What Steps You Can Take to Get Over It

There are many reasons that you must suffer from semi-phobia. The fear of big rigs and semi-trucks, semi-phobia can make it difficult or impossible to drive on the interstate. There are two steps you can take to get over this very real fear. First, increase the amount of time you spend driving with semis. This seems counterintuitive, but it can actually help you realize that they are not as dangerous as they seem.

Second, know the best steps you can take to prevent becoming the victim of a big rig accident. When you take the necessary steps to protect yourself, you can rest assured that you are doing everything within your power to be safer on the road. If you are injured in an accident, whether with a big rig or another passenger vehicle, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.

Do Your Best to Stay Off the Right Side of a Semi-Truck

Semi-trucks have much larger blind spots on their right side than on their left side. Do not pass a semi on the right side. Do not pace along them on either side. You should only be next to a semi-truck if you are actively passing it or it is actively passing you. Never drive with trucks on both sides of your vehicle, as you will have no escape options if an emergency occurs.

Do Not Cut in Front of Trucks

You should always be aware that due to their size and weight, trucks need a much longer space to safely stop. As a result, do not cut them off. If they are driving behind you and you get nervous, resist the urge to slam on your brakes or to slow down abruptly. They might not have the linear feet required to avoid hitting your vehicle.

Be Patient and Avoid Distractions

Every person on the road should be sharing the road. It is common for a person to be aggravated when a large truck pulls in front of them on the highway. If they try, let them in. Trying to prevent them from changing lanes could lead to a serious car accident. Likewise, avoid distractions. Do not text or talk on the phone while driving. If you need to do something that requires you to take your eyes off the road, pull over to do it safely.

Assume That Trucks Cannot See You

You will be safest if you assume that trucks cannot see you. They have such huge blind spots on all sides that the only really safe option is to act as though they do not see you. This puts you on the defense and increases your safety.

Remember that if you are injured in a truck accident, the driver and/or their trucking company could be at fault. Contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 now for a free legal consultation to determine what your legal options are.