Trucks Have More Blind Spots Than Passenger Vehicles
Trucks have significantly larger blind spots (also referred to as “no zones”) than smaller vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that over 400,000 crashes are related to truck blind spots each year. This is because of their size and the positioning of their mirrors. The blind spots on the front and back can be up to 20 feet long, while the side blind spots can be up to 10 feet wide.
Other drivers need to be aware of these blind spots and avoid them whenever possible. Truck drivers should also be mindful of the blind spots around their vehicles. They should take extra care when changing lanes or turning and always use their mirrors to check for other cars. By knowing the dangers of blind spots, both truck drivers and other drivers can stay safer on the road.
Where Are a Truck’s Blind Spots?
Trucks have large blind spots directly in front of them, directly behind them, and along each side, particularly on the right-hand side. A good rule to follow is that if you cannot see the truck driver’s face in the side-view mirror, the truck driver likely cannot see you. Try to spend as little time as possible in a truck's blind spot, as it can pose accident risks in sudden traffic changes. The infographic below illustrates the areas near the truck that you should avoid.
Technologies To Help Prevent Truck Blind Spot Crashes
A few different technologies can help prevent truck blind spot crashes. One of these is called Blind Spot Detection, which uses sensors to monitor the area around the truck. If something is detected in the truck’s blind spot, a warning signal will be displayed on the dashboard or windshield.
Another technology that can help is called Lane Departure Warning. This system uses sensors to monitor the truck’s position on the road. If the truck begins to drift into another lane, a warning signal will be displayed to remind the driver to stay in their lane. Lastly, there is Rear Cross Traffic Alert. This system monitors traffic behind the truck. A warning signal will alert the driver if a car approaches from the rear while the truck is backing up.
Each of these technologies is effective in preventing truck blind spot crashes. Studies have shown that they can reduce the number of crashes by up to 50 percent. This is why many trucking companies are now using them as standard equipment in their trucks.
Contact a Corpus Christi Truck Accident Lawyer
If you are involved in a collision with a truck, it is essential to know your rights. The experienced attorneys at Bandas Law Firm, P.C. can help you understand your options and get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. We can help you determine which of the multiple parties may be held liable for your injuries while focusing on your recovery.
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