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Stay Out of a Truck Driver's Blind Spots

The average passenger vehicle will typically have two blind spots that obstruct the view of adjacent vehicles for the driver. In fact, car accidents caused by a driver’s blind spots can be quite common. But when it comes to large commercial trucks, the number of blind spots can double compared to regular vehicles. The larger the vehicle, the more blind spots there are and the larger they become. If a car or motorcycle is in a truck’s blind spots, it makes it harder for the truck driver to notice the vehicle, which can lead to dangerous accidents.

Truck drivers have 4 major blind spots:

  • Right lane in front of a truck: Truck drivers have difficulty seeing on both sides of the vehicles, especially the right side. If you are in the right lane of a truck, you are in one of the most dangerous zones. Try to stay away from being near the truck’s front tires.
  • Rear: Tailgating is a dangerous habit no matter what the vehicle. This is especially true if there is a truck right in front of you. Trucks can take much longer to brake compared to cars, giving you very little time to react. Avoid being directly behind a truck and try to maintain at least three car lengths behind the trailer.
  • Front: If you are anywhere from 10 to 20 feet in front of a truck, the driver most likely cannot see you. Truck drivers are also not able to brake as quickly if there is only a short distance between you and the truck.
  • Any spot where you can’t see their mirrors: If you can’t see the truck’s mirrors, they most likely cannot see you either. Make sure that you leave plenty of space between you and the truck.

How To Stay Out of a Truck Driver’s Blind Spots

Remember these tips when driving next to or behind trucks:

  • Pass on the left side: Trucks make wide right turns due to their size. Give trucks enough room so that they can safely make right turns.
  • Don’t cut in front: Never cut in front of a truck, because it is difficult for a truck driver to react immediately. The larger the vehicle, the longer it takes to reach a complete stop if they need to brake.

An Advocate Experienced in Truck Accident Injuries

At Dean Law Firm, we have a seasoned truck accident lawyer in Midland who is experienced in negotiating and litigating injury claims involving commercial trucks. We understand the complexities of investigating truck accident claims and the challenges associated with filing such claims. When you need a strong, aggressive, and dedicated advocate who is dedicated to fighting for justice, turn to us. Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your case.