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A Truck Driver’s Blind Spots: What You Should Know

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A truck driver's side-view mirror

Did you know that there are specific blind spots for cars and trucks? Knowing about these blind spots can help you stay safe when on the road. In this blog, we'll take a look at the blind spots for each vehicle and discuss how to navigate around them safely.

Truck’s Blind Spots

Commercial trucks have immensely greater blind spots than the average passenger vehicle. These trucks have little to zero visibility in the below areas:

  • 200 ft behind the vehicle
  • Up to 25 ft in front of the vehicle
  • On both sides of the truck
  • Left side blind spots include the lane to the left, about two car lengths from the end of the tractor (also known as a cab).
  • Right side blind spots include the two lanes to the right, about one car length from the end of the tractor in the direct right lane, and two car lengths from the back of the tractor in the second-to-right lane.

Why is this important?

These blind spots can be hazardous because they make it difficult for the driver to see other vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. If you're driving in a truck's blind spot, the driver may not see you and could collide with your car.

Avoid being in the areas listed above, make sure you signal when you're changing lanes, and always pass on the left side of the truck. You should also be aware of the truck's blind spots when walking or riding your bike near one too. If you can see the driver, chances are he can't see you, so it's important to be cautious.

Nashville Truck Accident Attorneys

Drivers have a responsibility to operate their vehicles safely, and when they fail to do so, they can be held liable for the resulting accidents. If you've been involved in a truck or motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you understand your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.

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