When driving our vehicles, we all have blind spots. We’re aware of them, and know we have to check them before safely making turns or lane changes, but what about truck drivers? Their vehicles are so much larger and longer than smaller passenger vehicles, so it’s important to understand that they have much larger and more extensive blind spots. In fact, blind spots are a contributing factor in many truck accidents across the nation. Motorists can learn about large truck “No-Zones,” and how they can improve their safety when driving near or around large commercial trucks. Even the safest drivers can get caught up in accidents involving negligent truck drivers though, so if you’ve been injured in a truck accident, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.If You Can’t See the Driver, He or She Can’t See You
Not every driver is aware of this rule, but in general, if you can’t see a truck driver or a truck’s mirrors, the truck driver probably can’t see you. While in theory, truck drivers should know to check the blind spots they can and be vigilant and safe enough drivers to be aware of other roadway users coming into those areas, that’s just not always the case. Improving your own personal safety and the safety of your family around large trucks means being aware of the blind spots and giving large trucks plenty of space, when you can.Large Truck Drivers Can’t See You in “No-Zones”
Where large trucks are concerned, their blind spot areas are known as “No-Zones.” These are the areas around the tractor trailer, big rig or semi truck that a truck driver can’t see. If you’re in a No-Zone, a truck driver can’t see you. If he or she is paying attention and driving safely, he or she should know when somebody is coming in or out of a No-Zone. Listed below are the No-Zones associated with big rigs.The Large Truck “No-Zones”
- Areas directly behind the truck
- Directly beside the truck, for the whole length of the cab and tractor trailer
- Areas directly in front of the truck
- The right side of commercial vehicles are especially dangerous due to making wide-right hand turns.
Blind spot truck accidents can be devastating, catastrophic or even deadly for victims. If you’re caught in a truck’s blind spot, chances are you’re vehicle is going to get crushed. If a truck driver changes lanes and runs on top of another smaller vehicle, there could be extensive or fatal injuries involved. There is little to no room for error where commercial trucks are concerned. Wide right-hand turns can also literally just run smaller cars over. Motorcyclists are at an especially high risk. Not only are they smaller than cars, they don’t even offer the same protections that cars do like seat belts and air bags. If you’ve been injured in a blind spot accident, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case.Negligent Truck Drivers
Just because a truck driver has “No-Zones” and blind spots around his or her vehicle, that doesn’t just absolve them from the responsibility and liability associated with an accident. Truck drivers owe other motorists and roadway users a reasonable duty of care. They have to follow all of the rules of the road, and they even have an additional set of federal regulations to follow. They should never be distracted driving, and part of the responsibility of having such large blind spots is also remaining vigilant and watchful behind the wheel. A safe truck driver will know when somebody is entering or exiting their blind spots. It shouldn’t be a surprise that somebody is passing on the right. Sadly, not all truck drivers are safe or law abiding.After a Blind Spot Accident in Jackson
After any kind of truck accident in or around the Jackson Metro Area, it’s a good idea to speak with a skilled and proven truck accident attorney. Since truck accidents can be devastating for victims and surviving family members, it’s essential to have somebody on your side who can stay on top of official investigations and be your advocate. Truck drivers, insurance companies and large commercial trucking corporations have teams of lawyers on their side and so should you.
If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a blind spot truck accident in Jackson or the surrounding communities, contact the experienced truck accident team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation.