You know that your vehicle has blind spots and that you are supposed to check them before changing lanes. Large commercial tractor-trailers also have blind spots, and it should not surprise you that these blind spots are much larger than your typical commuter vehicle. This creates an additional safety challenge that can lead to accidents between cars and semi-trucks. In fact, auto safety advocates have identified a “no zone” that all drivers must be aware of when they are driving alongside a large tractor-trailer.
While commuters can look over their shoulder to check their blind spots, tractor-trailer drivers have no such luxury. This spurred the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) to publish the “no zone” literature. Essentially, it is meant to inform drivers about the perils of driving alongside major trucks.
Trucks essentially have a radius of blindness around them, but it is not exactly circular. The actual shape would look something like a deformed oval. The truck driver has better visibility to the left side than to the right side because his driving seat is situated to the left. Additionally, truck drivers have better visibility in front of them than behind them.
Aside from saying obvious things like “don’t cut off tractor-trailers” and “avoid tailgating tractor-trailers,” the trick to safely avoiding truck accidents is to be aware that you are in a truck’s no-zone and then get out of it. So, if you are pulling up alongside a tractor-trailer, there is a good chance the driver cannot see you. A personal injury lawsuit is a poor substitute for avoiding a potentially life-altering accident. Stay alert and do not assume the other drivers know you are there.
Lafferty, Gallagher, & Scott file lawsuits on behalf of those injured in commercial trucking accidents. Call today to schedule a free consultation and discuss your options for recovery.
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