18-wheeler trucks are large, formidable, and very dangerous when involved in an accident. In fact, more truck accidents result in fatalities than car accidents. This is simply due to the size and the weight of the truck. One way to avoid truck accidents is to stay clear of the truck’s blind spots. Here are 3 blind spots that all trucks have, how to stay out of them, and what to do if you or a loved one were hurt in a truck accident.
1. Low in the Front
Trucks are very tall, leaving a blind spot lower to the ground in front of the truck’s grill. If your car is small and you aren’t pulled out far enough in front of the truck, the driver may not see you over the hood of their truck.
2. In the Back
Although there are side mirrors to help with visualizing vehicles following the truck, they only allow for so much visibility. The blind spot directly behind a truck’s trailer extends about 30 feet out from the back of the truck. Therefore, stay 30 feet or more behind a truck at all times to ensure that you’re seen by the driver.
3. The Left and Right Sides of the Truck
These are perhaps the largest blind spots that a truck driver has. Both the left and right side has a blind spot that can extend across three lanes of traffic between the front of the cab and the back of the truck. Unless you are passing a truck, stay away from the right and left sides of the truck and drive either well in front of the truck or far enough behind it.
One of the easiest ways to tell if you are in a trucker’s blind spot is to check the truck’s mirrors yourself. If you can’t see the truck’s mirrors, the trucker most likely cannot see you.
When to Contact an Attorney
Even when taking precautions, truck accidents still occur, resulting in serious and sometimes even deadly injuries. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a truck accident, don’t hesitate to reach out to an attorney to learn more about what your legal rights are. If someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to the crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Call now for a consultation to speak with one of our attorneys at (601) 202-1111 or (205) 250-1107.