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Truck accidents and blind spots

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Vehicle Accidents

Truck accidents are a significant concern on roads worldwide, posing risks to both drivers and pedestrians. One critical factor contributing to these accidents is the reality of blind spots.

Blind spots are areas around a vehicle where the driver’s visibility is limited or completely obstructed, making detecting nearby objects or vehicles particularly challenging. Blind spots are significantly larger around trucks due to the size and design of these vehicles.

The challenge of visibility

Truck drivers face unique challenges when it comes to visibility. The sheer size of commercial trucks and their design features, such as high cabins and long hoods, create substantial blind spots around the vehicle.

The presence of blind spots significantly increases the risk of collisions. Common scenarios when truck accidents can occur due to blind spots include:

  • Lane changes
  • Wide turns
  • Merging onto highways

Motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to accidents involving trucks and their blind spots. Due to their smaller size, motorists can easily be overlooked by truck drivers, especially in complex traffic situations or when truck drivers are making maneuvers.

Tips for driving safely around trucks

Driving safely around large trucks requires a combination of awareness, caution and understanding of the unique challenges posed by these vehicles on the road. If you’re a motorist, you should be well-informed about these best practices for sharing the road with commercial vehicles:

  • Avoid lingering in blind spots: Be mindful of staying out of a truck’s blind spots, which typically include the areas directly behind the truck, along the sides near the doors and slightly in front of the cab.
  • Pass safely and promptly: When passing a large truck, do so quickly but safely. Signal your intention, accelerate and move ahead of the vehicle to ensure you remain visible to the driver.
  • Maintain a consistent speed: Abrupt changes in speed can surprise truck drivers and make it difficult for them to anticipate your movements. Keep a steady pace, especially when driving alongside or in front of a large truck or bus.

All in all, you should remember that large trucks require more space to maneuver compared to passenger vehicles. Giving them ample room on the road can help prevent accidents and ensure smoother traffic flow.

By understanding how trucks’ blind spots contribute to accidents and adopting proactive measures to mitigate risks, you can reduce the risk of being involved in collisions involving large trucks. However, should you get involved in an accident involving a truck, you shouldn’t hesitate to seek legal assistance to determine if you are eligible for compensation, as accidents involving these vehicles can be devastating.