Many people think that because a big-rig truck is higher, they have a better view. In fact, the opposite is true. Even though they are bigger, they have bigger blind spots. Staying in a truck’s blind spots makes it dangerous for you and for them as well. An accident attorney in our office tells it like this: if you cannot see their mirrors, they cannot see you. Today, we are going to discuss where a truck’s blind spots are, how to give trucks plenty of space, and maneuvers to use to pass in order to keep yourself and other drivers on the road safe. If you have been injured in an accident with a big-rig truck, contact a car accident attorney at Silverthorne Attorneys to discuss your case.
Accident Attorney | Truck’s Blind Spots
One of the most important aspects of staying out of a truck’s blind spots is to always be aware of the truck. Keep away from the sides of the truck. Because the bigger the truck means the bigger the blind spots, sections of the lanes on either side of the truck (particularly the right side), are not visible. Meaning, they cannot see you, therefore, it is extremely dangerous for cars to drive through. If it is absolutely necessary for you to drive through the blind spots in order to pass the truck, use caution as you quickly pass. Be sure that it is okay for you to pass. Signal early to alert the driver before passing.
Side Mirrors and Signals
If you cannot see the side mirrors, they cannot see you. Not being able to see their side mirrors indicates that you are driving in their blind spot and should move out of the position as soon as it is safe to do so.
Watch for signals when you are driving behind a truck as well. When you are driving behind a big-rig, it is more than likely you will not be able to see what is happening ahead of the truck. Pay attention to what the driver is doing by being alert to their signals. Whether they are stopping, turning, merging, etc. Stay alert and keep a close eye on brake lights so you are prepared for them to stop or turn with notice.
Patience is Key
Be patient when you are behind slow moving trucks. Any car accident attorney knows that this can be extremely difficult, especially if you are in a hurry. Remember that trucks cannot maneuver as easily as small cars can. Which is particularly important to remember in emergency situations. Be cautious and respectful when driving around a truck to help keep yourself and those around you safe. Avoid honking or aggressive driving (unless there is an emergency situation), weaving in and out of traffic. As these can not only cause distractions, they can result in an accident.
Driving in Front of and Behind a Truck
We have gone over some ways to be alert, now we are going to talk about ways to drive in front of and behind the truck.
First thing is first, make sure you are giving ample space when the truck is in front of you. Trucks cannot stop as quickly as a car or motorcycle can, so it is particularly important that there is plenty of room between and the truck. When driving in front of them, if you can see their headlights in your rearview mirror, you are out of the front blind spot and are a safe distance in front of them.
As always, do everything to avoid tailgating; especially when you are behind a truck. Due to the size of the truck, and the cab in the back, they do not have rearview mirrors and they rely solely on their side mirrors. Stay out of the no-zone; this is the zone that is directly behind the truck. Give them plenty of space to slow down or come to a stop.
It may seem like a strange rule, our car accident attorney suggests that you leave at least 20-25 car lengths (around four seconds) between you and the truck. As much as you can, try to keep both of the truck’s side mirrors visible in front of you. This makes is easier for them to see you. Remember, if you cannot see their side mirrors, they cannot see you. If weather conditions are poor, leave more room than you would normally.
Car Accident Attorney | Staying Safe
Always make sure that you are practicing safety on the roads. Especially however, when you are on the road with big-rig trucks. If you have been injured due to an accident with a big-rig, contact us. A car accident attorney in our office is here to help. Consultations with an accident attorney in our office are free!