Truck Blind Spots Create Serious Risks For Drivers
There is good reason for automobile drivers to feel somewhat intimidated when sharing roads with semi tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, and other types of trucks. Cars do not stand a chance against the large size and bulk of these vehicles. In the event of a collision, it is the motorist who is likely to suffer the most severe injuries. Cars can completely disappear from view when driving alongside these big rigs, and this is one of the more common ways truck accidents occur. Being aware of the potential risks and the dangers of so-called ‘no zones’ can help you stay safe on the road.
Florida Truck Accidents
Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES) reports of the close to 270,000 motor vehicle accidents that occur each year within the state, more than 10 percent involve commercial vehicles. With two major interstates running through the South Florida area and a variety of goods, products, and services being transported each day, it is not uncommon to share roads with flatbeds, cargo carriers, cement mixers, and other types of big trucks.
Unfortunately, when truck accidents do occur motorists tend to suffer significant impacts. Whether as the result of direct collisions or being caught up in chain reactions and traffic jams that happen after a truck accident, drivers and their passengers are at risk for the following types of serious and potentially life threatening injuries.
- Multiple broken bones and dislocated joints;
- Back and neck injuries, such as herniated discs and fractured vertebrae;
- Spinal cord injuries, which can result in permanent paralysis;
- Head injuries, which include severe concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Keep Out of Truck ‘No Zones’
One way you can protect yourself when sharing the road with a truck is by being aware of blind spots. Known as ‘no zones’, these are areas in which your vehicle disappears entirely from the truck drivers view. As a result, they may attempt to pass, make a turn, or do some other maneuver which could put you in jeopardy. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), no zones occur in the following locations:
- In the front of the truck, extending out twenty feet;
- In the back of the truck, extending thirty feet behind;
- In the lane on the left side of the truck, extending from their rear view window and halfway down the truck’s length;
- For two full lanes on the right side of the truck, extending from the cab to roughly ten feet behind.
Be mindful of these no zones when traveling alongside truckers. As a rule of thumb, if you cannot see them in their rearview mirror, they likely cannot see you.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
When you suffer serious injuries as the result of a collision with a commercial vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation from both the truck driver and the trucking company involved. Call or contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III online today and request a free consultation with our Fort Pierce truck accident attorney to discuss your case.