On the evening of January 20, the driver of a semi-trailer knocked into two bridges along I-25 in Pueblo. No one was injured, and although the bridges suffered cosmetic damage, neither had structural damage. Still, this is a reminder of how important it is for semi-truck drivers to be safe drivers.
- Know your truck’s height limits. Whereas it might be tempting to assume you can go under an underpass, make sure you know the height of your truck. Pay attention to signs showing height limits, and do not attempt to go under a bridge or other structure if your semi is taller than the maximum height. You are likely to get stuck or damage the structure.
- Know your semi’s weight. Some bridges will not allow trucks of a certain weight on them. This is for safety reasons. If your semi is too big, find an alternate route.
- Look as far ahead as possible. Notice road hazards. Watch for stopped vehicles or vehicles driving slowly. Be prepared to slow down, stop, or go around other vehicles.
- Keep your lane changes to a minimum. If you must change lanes, signal early. While you should be regularly looking in your mirrors to see vehicles behind you, you have a large blind spot. Signaling early will allow vehicles to get out of your way.
- Make sure your truck is in good repair. A blown tire or other issue could cause a dangerous wreck.
- While it is hard to do if you are a trucker on a tight schedule, getting enough sleep is important. A tired driver of any kind is a danger to themselves and others on the road.
Oftentimes, the ones hurt in semi-truck accidents are those traveling in the smaller vehicles. If you were injured in a semi accident, you need a semi-truck accident attorney. We encourage you to contact us to find out how one of our attorneys can help you.