Stay away from a trucker’s blind spots

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2021 | Truck Accidents

Drivers encounter semitrucks on the roads on a daily basis, so it’s imperative that they know how to drive safely around them. One thing that’s critical is ensuring that they stay out of the blind spots around the truck. These are areas where the trucker can’t see vehicles. 

While you may have to drive through a “no zone” sometimes, you should try to get out of it as quickly as possible. Understanding the importance of staying away from these areas can help you to stay safe.

Where are the blind spots?

There are blind spots all around a semitruck. The side “no zones” start at the front of the window on the cab and well beyond the end of the trailer. On the left, they extend one lane over. On the right, they extend two lanes over. There is also a blind spot directly behind the trailer because the trucker in the semi’s cab doesn’t have a rearview mirror. The area in front of the cab is also a blind spot. 

One important thing to remember is that even if you think the trucker can see you in front of the rig, you shouldn’t ever dart directly in front of the cab. Semitrucks take twice as long to stop as a passenger car, so the trucker likely can’t stop in time to avoid crushing your vehicle if you slam on your brakes immediately in front of them.

People who are injured when they’re struck by a semitruck might choose to seek compensation if negligence played a role in the crash. They can include damages, such as medical bills, life care, and missed wages. Having someone who’s familiar with semitruck crash cases on your side may be beneficial.