Many accidents with trucks result from cars not being aware of what a truck driver is able to see around them. Other vehicles make maneuvers that place them in what is known as truck “blind spots”. Car drivers are familiar with the blind spots on their vehicles, but the blind spots on a truck are much bigger and they also have additional spots of which a driver may not be aware. Trucks, specifically referring to the tractor trailer type, have four huge zones of blind spots. Avoiding staying in these spots will help decrease car behavior as a reason for an accident.
The Front: There is a space in front of the truck approximately ten feet from the nose out that is completely blind to the driver. Drivers should be aware to not cut off a truck driver in heavy traffic, as they risk not being seen by the driver and possibly getting hit from behind. Remember, it takes a truck driver about twice the distance and time of a car to stop. This length and time increases with the weight of the truck.
The Driver side: Located just behind the driver’s feet to about ten feet behind and to the side is the next blind spot. This one is the smallest of all of the spots because typically the driver’s side has more mirrors and adjustments for the driver. The risk is for cars to “camp out” in this space and fail to make an effort to completely pass a truck. Many times, truck drivers do not even signal because they are simply unaware of the vehicle right next to them.
The Passenger Side: This spot is probably the one car drivers imagine when talking about truck blind spots. This spot extends from about a forty-five degree triangle from the passenger side of the truck. A passenger in the truck may have less of a blind angle, but the driver is unable to see from this point. Cars should take care not to pass trucks on the passenger side. Tire debris is likely to hit cars on either side of the truck.
The Back: Immediately behind the truck to about twenty feet out is another less known blind spot. This spot will be relevant to anyone trying to move behind the trailer as it is backing up. It is also a good idea to stay from this spot while the truck is moving because flying debris is likely to hit anyone behind the truck with serious force.
A rule of thumb for detecting truck blind spots is to look for the mirrors. If you cannot see them then there is a good chance that the driver cannot see you.
This article is for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice. Your case may be different. Consult an attorney in your area for further guidance. If you were injured in an accident involving a trailer truck, please call one of our attorneys at David K. Kremin & Associates, and we will give you a free consultation. We never charge unless we collect for you. Please call 1(800) ASK-A-LAWYER or 1(800)275-2529.