Truck Drivers and Blind Spots

One of the most essential elements of safe driving is being able to see what is around your vehicle to avoid hitting another car or an object. Some vehicles carry a more considerable risk than others, depending on the type of vehicle.

Understanding the risks

Large vehicles, like semi-trucks, have larger blind spots than other cars because of their size and height. In addition to blind spots, these types of trucks pose additional risks to other drivers, other cars, and pedestrians for the same reason.

It is critical to understand these risks so you can avoid them and hopefully prevent a truck from striking you. If you have already been involved in an accident with a semi-truck, it is critical to consult an attorney that can advise you of possible claims you may have.

Blind spots for semi-trucks

Like all vehicles, a semi-truck has blind spots or areas in which the truck driver’s view is obstructed. Blind spots are hazardous because the driver cannot see any cars, people, or objects surrounding the vehicle and can easily cause an accident.

Accidents involving semi-trucks can be life-threatening due to the size of the truck and the force of the impact.

  • The front of the truck: semi-truck drivers cannot see anything within 20 feet in front of it.
  • The back of the truck: the driver cannot see anything within 30 feet of the truck. This is especially important in the case of larger trucks because the bigger the truck, the bigger the blind spot.
  • The left side of the truck: it is almost impossible for the driver to see from the driver’s door to the back of the truck.
  • The right side of the truck: there is a large blind spot from the front right side of the truck toward the back end.
  • It is also essential to remember that most semi-trucks do not have rearview mirrors. They cannot see like the driver of a car can.

While technology has made significant progress in developing new safety devices, technology has not yet been able to address this issue. Thus, it is critical to be especially careful when driving around semi-trucks.

If you or a family member has been involved in an accident with a semi-truck or tractor trailer, it is important to contact an attorney with knowledge in this field.  Attorneys at Summers, Rufolo, and Rodgers, P.C., are available to discuss your case.

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