No-Zone Truck Accidents
The blind spots on 18-wheelers are most often referred to as “no-zones.” If a truck driver fails to be aware of these areas at all times, they are endangering the lives of all other drivers on the road. However, there a responsible car driver should also be aware of these blind spots. Trucks should carry warning signs that let other drivers know about these areas.
The fours main areas of truck blind spots include directly behind and directly in front of the truck, as well as both the right and left sides of the trailer. Although a truck may not be able to see in these areas, if they have been paying close attention to the road, they should be aware of the presence of another vehicle.
One common cause of no-zone accidents is when a driver brakes suddenly. A car directly behind the truck may not be prepared for a truck driver slamming on their brakes. Also, due to a truck driver being highly elevated in the cab, it can be difficult for them to see directly in front of their truck. A truck driver may not be aware of a small vehicles directly in front of them.
Cars passing or driving on either side of the truck may also be a cause of a no-zone accident. A truck may try to change lanes, forcing another vehicle off the road or directly into the side of a truck. Additionally, accidents may be caused by a truck backing up into a vehicle while in a parking lot or other facility off the main roadway. Even though their truck will be beeping, a driver should be aware of the objects behind the trailer before backing up.