Sharing the road with semi trucks is a love-hate relationship. It is probably safe to assume that semi truck drivers dislike sharing the road with cars as much as cars dislike sharing with semi trucks. It is the unspoken word on the highway to respect semis and give them their space because cars do not want to be in an accident with them. However, in this case, semi trucks are to thank for the ahead-of-schedule road construction that will end in 2024 rather than 2027. Why should semi trucks be thanked in particular?
As of this past October, commercial trucks now have to pay 35 percent more for a toll rate, accumulating to one billion dollars over the next three years. The expected projection is based on the high volume of trucks that use Indiana highways; even though it may be a big hit to the trucking industry, there are immediate plans for these funds to be used.
The first and one of the most relevant is the construction schedule of Section 6 of I-69 that will now be done in 2024. Six hundred million of the one billion dollars will go towards speeding up construction from Martinsville to Indianapolis. Other funds will go toward connecting hiking and biking trails and other various highway projects.
How to Share the Road with Muncie Semi Trucks
There is no projected decline in semi truck presence to avoid paying the toll increase. Most recent data states that there are two million trucks operating in the United States. Sharing the road with semi trucks is going to continue being something that drivers will have to do on the daily. To ensure safety, it is great to take a few precautions while driving alongside semis:
- Pass Quickly: Semi trucks have multiple blind spots, and you do not want to be caught right beside them. If you need to pass, do so quickly and cautiously. Make sure to pass only on the left to avoid semi truck’s largest blind spot on the right.
- Be Aware at All Times: Spending too much time next to semi trucks, even if you know the driver can see you, is dangerous. There are several things that could go wrong or put you in immediate danger. A tire could blow, cargo could fall off, debris can impair your driving, hazardous roads conditions can affect breaking, strong gusts of winds can move the truck, and more could happen. Staying close to semi trucks is not recommended.
- No Bright Lights: Everyone hates when that person behind them has their bright lights on. It is not the respectable thing to do, so do not do it to semi truck drivers either. If you are driving or passing a semi truck with your bright lights on, be aware that it can blind the driver temporarily and cause an accident. That could put you at-fault in an accident and lead to more problems than anticipated on your drive back to Muncie from work or play.
Hire a Muncie Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents can happen in all shapes, sizes, types, and scenarios. Hiring a Muncie car accident attorney is not just for accidents between two cars but can also include cars and semi trucks. If you’re ever in a semi truck accident, Hensley Legal Group may be able to help. Call us today or contact us online for a free conversation about your case.