Driving Near a Big Truck? Stay Out of Its “No Zones.”

by Staff Blogger | March 21st, 2019

Big trucks represent a small percentage of vehicles on Virginia’s roadways, but their sheer size and weight makes it difficult to miss them. In fact, semi-trucks can be dozens of feet in length, and they can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when they’re fully loaded.

The size differences between tractor trailers and even the largest pickup trucks and SUVs means that occupants of passenger vehicles are at a high risk of suffering serious injuries during big truck accidents. Although many truck accidents are due to factors out of victims’ control, some crashes are caused by drivers who aren’t aware of the unique challenges and risks associated with driving semi-trucks.

Because truck drivers sit high off the ground in tractor trailers, they have enormous blind spots surrounding their cabins and their trailers. Those blind spots are called “No Zones,” and they include:

  • 20 feet in front of the cabin—Truck drivers may have difficulty seeing vehicles that are approximately one full car length in front of them.
  • 1 lane underneath the driver side door—When truck drivers look out of their windows, they may be unable to see vehicles directly next to and below them.
  • 2 lanes underneath and behind the passenger side door—Truck drivers can’t see the road next to their passenger side doors, and their mirrors are limited when showing that angle as well.
  • 30 feet behind the trailer—If you can’t see a truck’s mirrors, the driver can’t see you. This “No Zone” is roughly two car lengths long.

If you or someone you love was hurt in an accident involving a big truck, contact a Roanoke truck accident lawyer today. We’re ready to investigate your crash and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.