During peak traffic periods on Chicago roadways, you may find yourself feeling hemmed in by other automobiles. But no matter how frustrating that feeling might be, it is important to always obey the rules of the road and maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles. This may be especially true when trailing a big rig truck.
Because of their size, large trucks can pose difficulties for drivers of passenger vehicles. In fact, if you get too close to a truck, it can block your view of everything else that is in front of you. Additionally, the truck driver will not be able to see you in his or her mirrors.
To ensure you are at a safe following distance, you should give a truck at least a two second lead. To figure out the lead time, notice when a truck passes a landmark, like a tree or a sign. Then, count the number of seconds it takes for you to pass that same landmark.
If you are ever behind a truck that stops suddenly or has a blowout, you will need time to come to a halt. If you don't allow yourself enough distance, you could wind up crashing into the truck's trailer. Because a trailer is elevated on its wheels, the front end of your car could go under the trailer, making your windshield the first point of impact.
But even with a safe following distance, you could still be in a crash if a truck comes to a sudden stop. If you are injured in a truck accident due to a truck driver's negligence, or some form of truck malfunction, you may wish to file a civil suit against those who are liable.
An Illinois truck accident attorney may be able to look over your situation and help you determine who holds liability and how to secure compensation.