Large trucks represent only three percent of all registered vehicles, yet one out of every eight traffic fatalities involve a large truck. Truck accidents are caused by a wide range of factors including, weather, driver error, and the condition of the truck. They can also occur if another vehicle is in one of the truck’s blind spots, where a car or small truck can disappear from the truck driver’s view. Unfortunately, due to the sheer size and weight of these massive vehicles, large trucks have several blind spots, or no-zones. When other motorists drive in these no-zone areas, it can significantly increase their risk of being seriously injured or killed in a truck accident.
When motorists are aware of these “danger zones,” they can take the appropriate steps to avoid unsafe situations. The following are examples of no-zones areas and how to steer clear of them:
Backing Up: Avoid large trucks when they are backing up. Often, a truck will block the street as it tries to carefully maneuver the trailer. Large trucks can block the view of whatever is on the other side of the vehicle. If you try to pass the truck, you are entering a no-zone area where the truck driver will not be able to see you.
Rear Blind Spots: Large trucks have deep blind spots directly behind them. Tailgating is never a good idea, but it can be particularly dangerous when are following a large truck because the truck driver will not be able to see you, and the truck blocks your view of the traffic flow. Slow down so that you can see the traffic ahead, or move into a different lane to avoid a collision.
Passing: While it is not a blind spot, directly in front of a large truck is also a no-zone. Too often, motorists will pass another car and pull in front of a truck, then slow down. This is extremely dangerous because large trucks require a much greater distance to slow down than cars. If the truck does not have enough road space to slow down, you are at risk of being rear ended by this massive vehicle. Wait to pull in front of a truck until you see the whole front of the truck in the rear-view mirror.
Wide Turns: Due to their massive size, truck drivers need to make very wide turns. Always give trucks plenty of room and do not attempt to drive around them as they are turning.
Side Blind Spots: Trucks have large blind spots on the sides of the trailer. Keep this in mind if you are driving next to a truck and either change lanes, or move to where the truck driver can see your vehicle.
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