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How to Avoid a Truck’s Blind Spots

By DiBella Law Offices on April 20, 2016

Driving side-by-side with a large commercial truck is so deeply rooted in our everyday commute that oftentimes we hardly think twice about it. Because of the size and weight of a truck, however, they can be some of the most dangerous vehicles we share the road with. Being in a truck’s blind spot can be extremely risky, especially if the truck tries to change lanes. In this blog, our truck accident attorney shares a few ways to avoid a truck’s blind spots.

Know Where Blind Spots Are Located

A blind spot is any area where the truck driver has little to no visibility of other vehicles. There are several “no-zones” that you should avoid when driving near a large commercial truck. These no-zones include the area directly in front of the truck, behind the truck, and beside the truck’s right door.

Practice Patience

In the rush of an early morning commute, it can be tempting to speed up and quickly cut in and out of lanes in an effort to pass a large truck. Remember that in the event of an unexpected emergency, the truck cannot swerve or slam the brakes as quickly as a passenger vehicle can. Be patient when driving and do not pass until you have sufficient room to do so.

Spot the Mirrors

If you’re driving behind or alongside a semi-truck and you cannot see the side mirrors, it’s likely that you are currently in a blind spot. The moment you lose sight of the mirrors, the driver loses sight of you, which can be potentially dangerous if the truck tries to switch lanes. Check every few seconds to make sure that you are visible to the driver and try and remove yourself from the blind spot when it is safe.

Pass With Care

If you’re trying to pass a truck, avoid passing on the right side. The right side of the truck is its largest blind spot, which extends from the passenger door to the entire length of the trailer and spans across two traffic lanes. When you do try passing, be clear with your intentions. Use your signal and pass quickly while avoiding the truck’s no-zones.

DiBella Law Offices, P.C. proudly represents clients throughout Southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts in trucking accident cases. If you’ve sustained injuries in a trucking accident, contact our dedicated personal injury team today. Call (781) 262-3338 today to learn more about your injury claim options.

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