Driving Near a Big Rig? Avoid Its “No Zones.”

by Staff Blogger | August 24th, 2017

The next time you feel nervous or anxious while driving near a semi truck or tractor trailer, it may be for a good reason. Because truck drivers sit much higher off the road than car, pickup truck, or SUV drivers, their blind spots are huge compared to other low-sitting drivers.

Because of this, it’s vital for other drivers to stay out of those blind spots. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration calls these large blind spots “No Zones,” and every big truck has four of them:

  • 20 feet in front of the cabin – If you’re ever in front of a big truck, keep plenty of distance between your vehicle and the front-end of the big rig.
  • One lane-width underneath the driver side door – When vehicles are directly beneath truck drivers, they can’t see them with their mirrors or when they look out their windows.
  • Two lane-widths adjacent to the passenger side door – The blind spot on the passenger side extends two lanes. If you’re driving on a truck’s passenger side, make sure you’re well behind it or in front of it.
  • 30 feet behind the trailer – The backs of trailers often have signs stating that if other drivers can’t see a truck’s mirrors, the truck driver can’t see them. This is applicable for a full 30-foot area behind a trailer.

Unfortunately, truck accidents still happen, even when drivers like you follow all the precautions. That’s because some truck drivers and trucking companies value profits over safety and aren’t as cautious as they should be.

A Roanoke truck accident attorney at Skolrood Law Firm is here to help if you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving a big rig. Call us today. Our consultations are always free, and there’s no obligation.