Big trucks are an essential part of the economy. They deliver goods around town or even across the country. But knowing their importance to our daily lives doesn’t make them any less intimidating to drive around.
The largest semi-trucks can be dozens of feet in length and weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Staying safe around these mammoth vehicles means being seen by their drivers. Unfortunately, big trucks have massive blind spots. Because truck drivers sit so high up off the road compared to drivers of cars, trucks, and SUVs, their visibility is limited. It’s reduced even more when they haul long trailers.
The four blind spots that truck drivers must contend with—and that drivers must do their best to avoid—are:
- Directly in front of their cabins—Small vehicles are particularly difficult to see in the areas just a few feet in front of truck cabins.
- Directly behind their trailers—Truck’s mirrors aren’t positioned to provide drivers with visibility behind their trailers.
- Underneath driver side doors—The driver side mirror provides drivers with a good view of the area behind them, but not the area underneath them.
- Underneath and behind passenger side doors—Drivers have even less visibility on their passenger sides, with the blind spot extending from underneath the door to several feet behind it.
Avoiding these “No-Zones” can reduce your risk of a crash, but you may still be vulnerable to negligent truck drivers, companies, or owners. And if you or someone you love is hurt by a negligent party involved with a big truck, our Roanoke truck accident attorneys are here to help. Contact Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.