Perhaps the most important way that you can lower your chances of a big rig crash is by understanding where a truck’s blind spots are located and staying out of a truck’s three “no zones.” A truck becomes significantly more dangerous when the trucker cannot see your vehicle – or when your vehicle is so close to a truck that sudden braking could result in a collision. It is common sense: the further away from a tractor-trailer you are, the less likely you are to become involved in a tractor-trailer crash. Always be sure to stay a safe distance from big rigs and to pass them cautiously. Also, always be sure that the truck’s driver can see you and your car at all times.
Where are a tractor-trailer’s three no-zones located?
- Directly behind a truck. A trucker cannot see you if you are tailgating. If the truck was to stop suddenly, you might not be able to avoid a collision.
- Directly in front of a truck. Because truckers ride so high up in their cabs, they can’t see pedestrians, bikers, or even small vehicles that are directly in front of them. Also, if you stop suddenly, a trucker is not likely to be able to stop his large, heavy truck in time.
- Diagonally behind either the right or left rear of the truck. These two blind spots are especially dangerous if a truck decides to make a turn or change lanes.
Unfortunately, there is only so much you can do to prevent Virginia truck accidents. Even if you do avoid a big rig’s no-zones, there is a chance that you could be seriously injured in a truck accident. If that is the case, it is very important that you understand the cause of the crash and seek compensation from the negligent party. To speak with a Hampton truck accident attorney today, call the experienced, professional lawyers at Shapiro & Appleton.