Mark Roman | August 29, 2021 | Truck Accidents
All types of motor vehicle accidents can cause injury. However, some types of accidents have a greater potential to cause serious harm than others. Often, accidents involving large commercial trucks cause the most serious injuries. They may even result in death.
Truck Blind Spots: What You Need to Know
Many people assume a large truck offers a better view of the road. They believe the elevated cab makes the view more expansive.
That’s not the case. Large commercial vehicles are notorious for having blindspots with little-to-no visibility. Blind spot truck accidents account for a large number of truck accidents.
Truck drivers understand that they need to be aware of their blind spots. They are trained to mitigate the size and effects of their blind spots. Unfortunately, truck drivers and/or their employers can still be negligent and cause accidents.
Avoiding Bling Spot Truck Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggests a few ways to avoid being involved in blind spot truck accidents.
They include the following:
- Always drive with caution when next to a large truck
- Do not be in the blind spot of a large commercial vehicle when it is turning, backing up, or changing lanes
- Know that if you can’t see the driver of a large commercial vehicle in their side-view mirror, that means they can’t see you
The FMCSA’s recommendations are certainly worth remembering when driving near large trucks, buses, and other such vehicles. However, they are not the only steps you can take to prevent truck blind spot accidents.
For example, if you are next to a truck when it begins to change lanes, honk your horn as loudly as possible to alert a trucker to your presence. Likewise, it’s wise to pass a truck quickly to avoid remaining in its blind spot.
Additional Blind Spot Truck Accident Prevention Tips
It’s also helpful to know where you can find the blind spots on large trucks.
They tend to be in the following types of areas:
- The areas alongside a truck
- The area directly behind a truck
- 20 feet in front of a truck
That last point is important. Some people forget that the area directly in front of a truck can be a blind spot. To avoid being rear-ended after passing a truck, you should make sure you can fully see the front of the truck from top to bottom.
You should also keep at least 30 feet of space between you and a truck. Again, the area directly behind a truck is a blind spot. If a trucker doesn’t know someone is driving behind them, they might apply their brakes too hard or change lanes too quickly — preventing the driver behind them from stopping in time to avoid a collision.
What Are My Legal Options After a Blind Spot Truck Accident?
Hopefully, you will never be involved in a blind spot truck accident. If you are, you may be able to pursue compensation for your losses by filing an injury claim against the trucking company’s insurance. Discuss your case with an attorney to learn more about your legal options.
Contact the Clearwater Truck Accident Law Firm of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for Help Today
For more information, please contact the legal team of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for a free initial consultation with a truck accident lawyer in Clearwater. We have five convenient locations in Florida: Clearwater, New Port Richey, and Tampa.
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