Any accident with a truck is scary, but one where the trucker has no idea your vehicle is around him can be terrifying. He simply won’t know to take any preventive measures to avoid the crash or minimize the injuries to you and your passengers. Unfortunately, these accidents happen all the time when unsuspecting motorists are in the truck’s no-zones.
What Is a Truck’s No-Zone?
No-Zones are huge blind spot areas surrounding the truck where your vehicle disappears from the trucker’s view, making a collision much more likely. This can be especially dangerous if the trucker has to suddenly stop or swerve out of the way of another vehicle or obstacle on the road. Dangerous truck blind spots include:
Side No-Zones. Trucks have huge blind spots on both sides of the truck where the trucker cannot see a driver in his side view mirrors. The largest no-zone is on the truck’s right side.
Front No-Zone. This is the blind spot directly in front of a truck and encompasses the lane the truck is in and the one to its right.
RearNo-Zone. A truck has a huge blind spot behind it, and the trucker cannot see what you are doing. In addition, you may not be able see well enough to know what the truck is doing when you are in it.
Backing Up No-Zone. Trucks have no rear-view mirrors so the trucker cannot see a motorist or pedestrian that tries to cut in when they are backing up.
Avoid a Truck No-Zone Wreck by Taking These Safety Precautions
As a motorist sharing the road with trucks, you should make an extra effort to avoid their blind spots—to keep you and your family safe. Follow these safety practices to prevent an accident:
Be patient. We can get frustrated with a slower truck in front or to the side of us that may be holding up traffic. Be patient and remember that a truck cannot maneuver as quickly as smaller vehicles due to its size.
Don’t tailgate. If you are too close to a truck’s rear, you will be in the truck’s blind spot. If a trucker has to slow down or stop quickly, he would not see you, and you could rear-end the truck. If you can see the trucker’s face in his mirrors, it is much more likely that you are a safe distance from the truck where he can see you too.
Keep your distance when in front. If you are in front of a truck, you want to maintain a safe distance from it to stay out of the blind spot directly in front of the truck.
Pass safely. Remember that you are in the truck’s blind spot when you cannot see the trucker’s face in his mirrors. If you must pass a truck, you want to avoid being in this big blind spot area as much as possible. Never pass a truck on the right where the trucker’s blind spot is largest.
Avoid cutting in too quickly. Once you pass a truck, do not cut back in too quickly or you will be entering the trucker’s blind spot and increase your risk that he will cause a rear-end collision. You want to see the truck’s entire front end and headlights to safely pull back in front of a truck.
Even if you practice all of these defensive driving tips, a negligent trucker could fail to see your vehicle and cause a crash. You will need an experienced truck accident attorney to help you fight with the negligent driver and the trucking company to get the compensation you could be entitled to. Call our firm today at 800.636.3676 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.