Many motorists do not understand just how “blind” a trucker can be on the road. A major reason for this is that trucks have large blind spots on all sides of them. Learn where a truck’s blind spots are located and how to avoid them.
Where Are a Truck’s Blind Spots?
A commercial truck has large blind spots on all four sides. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), these blind spots exist:
- 20 feet in front of the truck
- 30 feet behind the truck
- To the left of the truck covering one lane
- To the right of the truck covering two lanes
There are several steps that motorists can take to stay out of a truck’s blind spots and reduce the likelihood of a crash, including:
- Never cut off a truck. Wait until the truck is visible in your rear-view mirror before merging in front of them.
- Do not follow a truck too closely. It is unlikely the truck driver can see your vehicle.
- Assume that if you cannot see a truck’s mirrors, then the truck driver cannot see your vehicle.
- If you must pass a truck, spend as little time in the side blind spots as possible. Accelerate or slow down so you do not linger in these dangerous areas.
- Give a truck even more room when the truck is turning, as the blind spots can become even larger during this maneuver.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Contact Us Today
Even if you take preventative measures, truck crashes can still occur, often due to factors outside your control. If you or someone you love has been injured in a truck crash, our North Carolina personal injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Call Lanier Law Group, P.A. at (855) 757-4204 to schedule a free consultation.