Sharing the road safely with large trucks means being aware of their large blind spots, longer stopping distances, and limited maneuverability. Because of their size and height, 18-wheelers, semis, and other types of large trucks have a reduced field of vision. For drivers of smaller passenger vehicles, it is important to understand where a truck’s blind spots are so that you can avoid them.
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What are No-Zones?
A big rig has four blind spots that are commonly referred to as “no-zones.” No-zones are where drivers disappear from view of the truck driver. Lingering in these areas can increase the likelihood of an accident. The four major truck blind spots are:
- Right and left side no-zones– Trucks have large blind spots on both sides, but the right side is the longest and largest of the two. The general rule is that if you cannot see the driver’s face in the side-view mirror, they cannot see you. You should avoid driving alongside a truck if at all possible, and do not ever pass on the right side.
- Rear no-zones– The rear no-zone extends nearly 200 feet directly behind the truck and drivers only have side-view mirrors to rely on. If you’re driving in a rear no-zone, the driver cannot see you, and you cannot see what’s going on in front of the truck. When driving behind a truck, you should be able to see the driver’s face in their mirror and allow for at least three seconds of following distance. These same rear blind spots apply when trucks are backing up, meaning the driver is unlikely to see a motorist, cyclist, or pedestrian who cuts in behind them.
- Front no-zones– The front no-zone area can extend as far out as 20 feet from the driver cab of the truck. You should look for the entire front of the truck in your rear-view mirror before merging or passing in front of a truck. Because it takes a large truck nearly twice the time and distance to stop as cars, you should never cut in front of a truck and then slow down.
Drivers must be cautious when trucks are turning. When trucks make wide right turns, they often have to swing to the left to safely complete the turn. Truck drivers cannot see other drivers that are trying pass on the right between them and the sidewalk, so you need to make sure to look for blinkers and provide them with plenty of time and space to safely turn.
Experienced Representation for Your Truck Accident Case
If you or a loved has been seriously injured in a trucking accident, The Krist Law Firm, P.C. can help. Our Houston trucking accident lawyers have more than four decades of experience helping victims of wide-turning and no-zone crashes obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
With the help of one of our talented attorneys, you may be able to recover compensation for past and future:
- Medical costs
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
- Physical limitations
- Loss of earning capacity
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we will fight for you to win the maximum compensation possible. Contact us today at (281) 283-8500 to receive a free consultation and learn how we can help.