Blind Spots and Truck Accident Risks
A blind spot is an area around a vehicle where other vehicles cannot be seen in mirrors. While every driver is subjected to blind spots, trucks have a particular set of challenges that can pose a danger to everyone on the road. Unless equipped with rearview video cameras, it’s nearly impossible for truck drivers to see other motorists — which is why it’s critical to know where a truck has blind spots and how to avoid them.
Locating Blind Spots on Trucks
A commercial truck has blind spots on all four sides - Directly in front, directly behind, and along each side, especially on the right. Some common misconceptions are that since truck drivers are riding higher off the ground, they can better view the road. While they may see better ahead of them, their blind spots are a serious problem.
The Blind Spot “Rule of Thumb” for Motorists
No matter what type of motor vehicle you are driving — a car, another truck, or a motorcycle, it’s critical always to drive defensively and stay out of blind spots when a truck is:
- Backing up
- Making turns
- Changing lanes
- Passing you or you are passing
One thing to keep in mind that can help you avoid blind spots is to remember that if you can’t see a truck driver in their side mirror, they cannot see you.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC Can Help.
Since trucks are significantly larger than passenger vehicles, they can cause an extremely devastating accident resulting in severe, life-altering injuries. After a truck accident, victims are challenged with the healing process and face financial worries as well. From medical bills to the expenses of therapies and treatments, it can impact the victim and their family.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck crash, you have the right to seek justice and recover the compensation you deserve. Our caring attorneys are ready to protect your rights and hold the negligent parties accountable for their careless actions. Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC will be in your corners to support you through a difficult time.
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