Semi-Truck Safety: Blind Spots
Semi-Truck Blind Spots
It has happened to all of us at least once in our days of driving on the highways and bi-ways of America. You are cruising along when out of nowhere comes a massive semi-truck. An 18-wheeler that forces you into another lane or off the roadway altogether. Semi-truck drivers having safety problems with their blind spots is a common occurrence and is scary for even the most experienced drivers. To put it simply, these semi-trucks have bigger blind spots, so you can see why there are so many accidents involving these giants of the road.
Semi-Trucks: The Facts
Semi-trucks bring an extra level of danger to the roads and the other drivers surrounding them. These semi-trucks have blind spots in front, on both sides and behind the large rig or cab. Keep in mind that these blind spots do not allow the driver to see you and you will often experience a driver moving into your lane or forcing you off the road.
It is important for you to remember to stay out of the “no-zones” when driving next to a semi-truck on any road or highway. Staying out of these “No-zones” or “danger zones” will drastically reduce your odds of an accident with a large semi-truck.
Semi Trucks and Blind Spots: What Are “No-Zones?”
- Areas along the rear of the truck. If a rig or tractor is located directly behind the trailer, it may completely block or partially obstruct the back view in the rear no-zone
- Areas along the sides of the truck; these side no-zones extend the full length of the tractor, including the trailer
- Areas in front of the truck; due to the height of commercial vehicles, it can be difficult or impossible to see cars immediately in front of the truck, particularly if the cars are too close to the hood of the truck or if the cars are small
According to the FMCSA the most dangerous “no-zone” is the zone along the right side of the truck, since commercial vehicles often make wide right-hand turns. Remember, a truck accident that occurs due to a blind spot can happen anytime a driver makes his/her way into one of these difficult-to-see areas.
Failing to acknowledge the dangers of blind spots and neglecting to take the proper steps to minimize the potential of these hazards can be considered negligence, and the truck driver may be held accountable for any accident that occurs. Trucking companies may also be found liable for the irresponsibility of their employees, depending on the contract that the company has in place with the driver.
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