Every single vehicle has blind spots that restrict what the driver is able to see around the vehicle while traveling the road. Trucks are no different and their blind spots are massive when compared to the blind spots in cars, vans or pickup trucks that drivers can check merely by looking over their shoulders. Most drivers on the road take their time passing trucks, not realizing that they are putting themselves in danger by remaining in a truck driver’s blind spot. Similarly if a trucker is unable to see another vehicle and changes lanes or makes a turn that results in a truck accident the driver may be responsible for failing to keep a proper lookout.
The Four ‘No Zones’ Of A Semi-Tractor Trailer
Located on all four sides of a semi-tractor trailer are what are commonly referred to as “no zones” which are areas that a truck driver is unable to see. The smallest of these zones is on the left hand side of the truck, next to the driver’s door— extending into the next lane. The largest zone is on the right side and can extend up to three lanes on the right side of the truck, making it the wrong side of a truck for a car to drive on. There are also no zones directly in front of and behind the truck and drivers need to be aware of the fact that truck drivers do not see drivers who are riding too close behind them or cars that are immediately in front of them.
Tips For Motorists to Pass a Truck Safely
Because the left side blind spot is the smallest, it is always safest to pass a truck on the left side and to do so quickly. Reducing the amount of time that you are next to the trailer will also reduce your risk of being in a position where the driver can change lanes without seeing you. Give plenty of space once you are past the truck as well because the driver will not see you until you see his headlights in your rear view mirror.
One common rule of thumb is to watch the side view mirrors of the truck and try to see the truck driver’s face through them. If you are able to do this, he or she can see you and should be aware of your presence on the road. The moment you can no longer see the truck driver’s face in the mirror is when you have entered a blind spot. If you aren’t seen, be heard by sounding your horn, but keep in mind that you want to spend as little time as possible in the blind spot of an eighteen wheel rig.
Visibility Problems Smaller Trucks, Vans and Delivery Vehicles
Using the side view mirrors in order to determine if you are seen doesn’t just work on big trucks— it works if the other vehicle is a delivery truck, van, flatbed or pickup truck. Anytime you can see the other driver, he or she can see you. This small tip can be the difference between an accident and a near miss if the driver happens to notice you and stop moving into your lane.
‘I didn’t see’ Is Not An Excuse When A Truck Accident Results In An Injury To A Person
If you are unsure of whether or not you are at fault for a truck accident, it is still wise to consult an experienced truck injury attorney. Chicago Truck Injury Lawyers are a trusted firm that will work with you to reconstruct the accident to find out who was really at fault. Most blind spot accidents are due to truck driver negligence. Set up a free consultation so that we can go over your case — our services are free if we are unable to redeem money on your behalf.