Driving near a big truck on a highway or interstate can be nerve wracking. They greatly outweigh even the biggest trucks and SUVs, with some semi-trucks weighing up to 80,000 pounds. And when big trucks are involved in accidents with passenger vehicles, the consequences are often devastating.
While it’s impossible to eliminate your chance of being involved in a crash with a big rig, you can reduce your chances by making sure you stay out of the driver’s blind spots. Also known as “No Zones,” the blind spots on tractor trailers are much larger than they are on cars, trucks, and SUVs.
The next time you drive near a big truck, make sure you avoid these areas:
- 20 feet in front of the cabin – Because they sit several feet off the roadway, semi-truck drivers can’t see vehicles that are directly in front of them.
- One lane underneath the driver side – Their elevated seated position also means drivers can’t see vehicles underneath their doors, even with their mirrors.
- Two lanes underneath the passenger side – Mirrors are only so effective at helping drivers see around their vehicles, but they can’t provide a clear path of vision to a large two-lane area underneath the passenger side of big trucks.
- 30 feet behind the trailer – Truck drivers have total blind spots behind their trailers, and drivers who stay in that area are at risk of rear-ending trucks when drivers slow down.
Staying out of “No Zones” is a great way to reduce your risks, but unfortunately, many truck accidents occur because truck drivers, owners, or companies are negligent. If you or someone you love was hurt in a truck accident, Ponce Law is here to help.