Aside from the difficulties truck drivers experience maneuvering large vehicles hauling heavy loads, they also have to safely navigate the traffic around them. Another struggle they deal with is that they cannot see certain areas surrounding their tractor-trailers. These “blind spots” can prove deadly to drivers of smaller passenger vehicles if you are not careful. Trucks such as box trucks, semis, tractor-trailers and big rigs “have several large blind spots where a car or small vehicle will virtually “disappear” from a truck driver’s view,” according to Utah.gov. The four main areas that drivers should avoid include the front, rear, and sides of the tractor. Yes that means portions of the entire truck! And if you ever find yourself uncertain as to whether you are in a trucker’s blind spot, here is a tip to keep in mind. If you cannot see a truck driver’s face in the side mirrors, then they cannot see you. Trust me…you want them to see you or you may end up like a bug on their windshield. Let’s follow some simple rules to avoid being becoming a statistic in a truck wreck.
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As mentioned, the front of a semi is no place for a driver. The area you want to avoid extends nearly 20 feet ahead of the truck and you may even want to travel further ahead just to be safe. You also don’t want to cut in front a truck as their stopping times are much longer than the average car, much like my mile time is probably much longer than the average mans’. The sides of the truck and the front part of the trailer are also no-zone areas. Because truckers generally won’t see a car that is driving to the side of them unless they are able to see them in their side mirrors, the operator of the passenger vehicle risks being sideswiped by the truck. It is best to assume that the driver does not see you when you are beside them or anywhere near the driver’s cab.
The rear of the truck is another area where it is difficult for the truck driver to see you. It is best that you travel at least 200 feet away from the back of any large truck, although this may not be practical at all times. Trucks don’t have rear-view mirrors to check traffic, which means they can only see you in their side mirrors if you a far enough back. If you are driving closer than 200 feet, the trucker cannot see you unless they see head lights or you are going around a curve. In addition, you cannot see beyond the truck due to its size, so the time needed to react and stop decreases and you heighten you risk of rear-ending the truck. Thankfully most trucks have steel underride guards fixed to the rear of the trailer to keep passenger cars from going underneath the trailer in the event of a rear-end collision. However, I do not recommend testing them.
Driving next to large trucks can be scary for many drivers as they fear the truck may enter their lane unexpectedly. This can happen when a motorist is driving in the trucker’s blind spot. So, to help reduce your chances of getting squeezed out of your lane, it is advisable that you avoid driving in a trucker’s blind spots, also referred to as the “No-Zone” areas.
In the event you have been involved in an accident with a semi-truck or tractor trailer in Greenville or Spartanburg, SC and you sustained severe injuries that have impacted the way you now live, you may be entitled to collect compensation. Sometimes, truck accident victims are entitled to recover compensation for:
- Medical expenses incurred as a result of the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death
- Lost wages
- Loss of consortium, and more.
The best way to determine what your accident is worth is by consulting with an experienced lawyer, such as Greenville, SC accident attorney Paul Hammack.
Paul Hammack has 19 years’ experience as a trial attorney. He worked for insurance companies for 15 of those years so he has the knowledge and experience to get the most out of your workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. Unlike most big box firms, Hammack Law Firm is not afraid of taking a case to trial. If you are hurt on the job or by someone else’s negligence, we want to help. Better call Paul!.
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