Far too many motorists do not realize that trucks have massive blind spots on either side of the vehicle, and that the trucker cannot see anything directly behind the trailer or immediately in front of the cab.
Some drivers mistakenly believe that truckers can see them because of their elevated vantage point, but this is often not the case. Being aware of trucks’ blind spots and avoiding them when driving near a large commercial vehicle can prevent a collision.
For their part, truckers can help to prevent blind spot accidents by installing additional mirrors, making special efforts to check blind spots, and always signaling lane changes well in advance to warn vehicles of their intentions.
Types and Locations of Truck Blind Spots
Truck blind spots are also referred to as “no zones.” This is because the truck driver has no visibility whatsoever in these areas to the left and right of the vehicle. They are also called “no zones” because other traffic should avoid lingering in these areas.
Because of the size of commercial trucks and their trailers, these vehicles have several very large “no zones,” including:
- The 10 or 20 feet directly in front of the truck
- The two lanes to the right of the truck, from the front of the truck to the back of the cargo box or trailer
- The lane directly to the left of the truck, from the cab door to about 100 to 200 feet behind the door
- The 30 or so feet directly behind the truck
For an illustrated guide, see the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration website.
If you are in the vehicle’s “no zone,” the truck driver has no way of seeing you. That means they may stop suddenly, merge into your lane, or take evasive maneuvers without knowing that you are there. This can result in serious and sometimes fatal collisions.
How to Avoid Truck Blind Spots
To keep yourself and others safe on the road, it is crucial to avoid the “no zones” whenever possible. Keep blind spots in mind and adjust your driving to help the truck driver keep you in sight. You can do that by:
- Avoiding tailgating
- Avoiding lingering in the side blind spots
- Signaling before entering a blind spot
- Moving out of blind spots as soon as possible
- Giving trucks extra space
- Keeping the truck mirrors in sight so you know the truck driver can see you
Following these rules could significantly reduce the likelihood of being in a truck accident.
Contact a Connecticut Truck Accident Lawyer
Even if you’ve done everything you can to avoid a truck’s “no zones,” the reckless or negligent actions of a truck driver can still cause a crash. If you have been injured in a truck accident in Connecticut, contact the knowledgeable truck accident attorneys at Wocl Leydon by phone or online now. We will schedule a free consultation to review your case and discuss your best legal options for recovery.