No one likes driving next to a semi-truck, and for good reason. They are loud, 80,000-pound, high-speed giants compiled of metal, cargo and huge blind spots. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles usually means any truck accidents that occur will have very serious consequences for other drivers involved. However, driving next to them doesn’t need to be a nightmare and there are steps you can take to safely share the road with big rigs, including the following:
- Beware of the “no-zones” – Semi-trucks have blind spots, also called “no-zones,” on each side of them. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, one-third of truck accidents happen because of these no-zones. If you are driving in a truck’s no-zone, you have completely disappeared from the truck driver’s view. The no-zones are all along the right side of the truck and anywhere on the left side of the truck where you can’t see the driver in his mirror. The other no-zones exist immediately in front of the truck and immediately behind the truck. Think of it this way: If you can’t see the truck driver’s mirror’s, it is likely he or she can’t see you.
- Pass on the left side of the truck – If you have to pass a semi-truck, pass it on the left side of the truck to ensure maximum visibility. If you do have to pass up a truck, also make sure you do not immediately brake once you get in front of it. Semi-trucks need a lot more time to stop than a car does.
- Don’t linger around the truck – Semi-trucks are susceptible to tire blowouts, brake failures and high winds have even been known to make them overturn. Your best bet is to avoid lingering near a truck whenever possible.
- Watch out for the turns – Truck drivers need extra room to make turns. More often than not, a truck driver will swing left before turning right and vice versa. Do not try to squeeze next to or behind a turning truck, as that is likely to cause a collision when the truck corrects itself after the turn.
If you sustain injuries in a truck accident, contact an attorney immediately to determine what your rights are and what steps you should take moving forward.
Stanley A. Davis is a Nashville truck accident attorney that fights for those who have been injured in truck crashes. We have successfully helped injury victims in the Antioch, Madison and Brentwood communities.
“So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:6-7