The Dangers of Truck Blind Spots
Traveling next to a big rig can be intimidating enough, but since they have more blind spots than the average vehicle, it can add an extra cause for concern. It’s not uncommon to see semi-trucks on Tennessee roads, so knowing how to maneuver safely out of a truck driver’s blind spot can help you avoid a truck crash. Here’s what you need to know.
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Where Are Blind Spots Located on a Truck?
While it may sound logical that because semi-trucks have larger mirrors, they better view their surroundings on the road. However, blind spots are a big problem that every motorist should be aware of. Trucks have blind spots on all four sides:
- Directly in front
- Directly behind
- Along each side
The right side of a semi-truck is particularly more dangerous, so it’s critical to take extra precautions when driving along the right side of a truck. Read on to learn how to avoid truck blind spots safely.
Staying Out of a Truck’s Blind Spot
There’s one constant rule to know when it comes to semi-truck blind spots: If you can’t see the truck driver’s reflection in their side mirror, they cannot see you. To safely maneuver out of the way of a truck’s blind spot, slow down, stay behind in the truck driver’s view, or move ahead of the truck cautiously without speeding. It’s also vital to understand that when merging into traffic with an oncoming truck, you may be in their blind spot. Drive defensively to decrease your risk of a truck crash.
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Injured in a Truck Crash? Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC Can Help
Due to the size and weight compared to passenger vehicles, colliding with a semi-truck can cause devastating injuries. If you or a loved one were hurt in a truck accident due to the negligence of another party, we are here to help you seek justice. Our personal injury lawyers will support you every step of the way to ensure you are protected against the insurance companies that attempt to throw out lowball settlements when you deserve more.
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