Each year there are almost half a million semi-truck accidents occur in the US.  About 5000 of those accidents caused fatalities.  In Portland, cyclists and pedestrians are particularly vulnerable to these kinds of accidents due to design of these trucks and the inattentiveness of some drivers. Here are a few tips that could help save you from an injurious or fatal accident colliding with a semi truck here in the Portland area. Be Mindful of Blind Spots Most semi trucks have extra large blind spots on either side of their trucks. If you are walking, riding, or driving alongside a semi truck that is on your left, the safest thing to do is to let the truck go on ahead of you.  You may think you are in full view being up towards the front of the vehicle, but the truck’s blind spot makes this one of the most dangerous places to be. Leave Plenty of Margin In traffic, good truck drivers will try to leave plenty of room between themselves and the next vehicle in front of them because of how difficult it is for them to come to a quick stop.  Jumping into that space and cutting them off could mean they are unable to stop in time to avoid a collision with you. This is especially true with hazardous road conditions. If you need to merge into the lane in front of a semi truck, do your best to pull far enough ahead to leave plenty of margin to avoid the risk of an accident. Watch For Right Hand Turns Aggressive drivers can find themselves in a serious collision with a semi truck if they try to pass on the inside of a semi truck when it seems they are about to turn. Since semi trucks must often make wide turns, it is common for a driver who is turning right to pull into the left lane to give a better angle to approach the turn.  Being patient in these situations can save you in the long run. Increase Overall Alertness If you’ve paid any attention to the drivers of other vehicles on the road you’ve noticed the reality that most people on the roads drive and text, drive and talk, drive and eat, or drive and take photos and video.  Don’t be that kind of driver. Putting down the smart phone and the sandwich behind the wheel is always a good idea, but especially when you’re approaching, passing, or riding alongside semi trucks.  An increase in your overall alertness of what the semi trucks in your driving area are doing and anticipating what they are likely to do will put you in the safest percentile of drivers. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident involving a semi truck, enlist the advocacy of the trusted personal injury attorney at the law firm of Berkshire Ginsberg.  We can help you make sure your rights are protected. We are respected throughout the Portland region for our commitment to our clients’ interests. To schedule a free consultation, please contact us at 503-233-6507 or by e-mail.