How to Avoid Truck Accident Blind Spots

Truck Accident Attorneys Give Advice

Blind spot are areas in front of, behind, and around the sides of the vehicle that the driver cannot see – neither when looking ahead nor when looking in the rear-view and side mirrors. Failure to avoid blind spots can result in accidents. Since it is difficult to pinpoint the guilty party in a truck accident, you should contact experience truck accident attorneys immediately if you are involved in one.

The following are the four main accident blind spots for truck drivers:

Front blind spot

This is the area directly in front of the truck. It is invisible to the driver as it is too low for the driver to see. This area covers approximately two car lengths.

Rear blind spot

This is the area behind the rear of the truck. It extends back about half the length of the trailer. No vehicle or object in this area can be seen in the rearview mirrors.

Left side blind spot

This is the area on the left of the driver’s side door and extends diagonally back about a car length.

Right side blind spot

This is the area on the passenger’s side door and it extends diagonally backward nearly the entire length of the truck. This is the largest blind spot.

The most dangerous blind spots for a truck driver are the rear blind spot and right side blind spot because of their sheer size. When vehicles in the adjacent lanes move into these blind spots, they suddenly become invisible to the truck driver. Failure to avoid blind spots is often cited as one of the main reasons for truck accidents. The good news is that blind spots are not completely unavoidable. In case you are involved in an accident, truck accident attorneys are there to help you.

Here are some tips for truck drivers on how to avoid colliding with drivers in your blind spots:

1. Adjust your side and rearview mirrors: When you want to see what’s in a rear blind spot, adjust your side and rearview mirrors to provide a panoramic view of the areas behind the truck. Side mirrors are often aligned incorrectly. When properly aligned, they offer a wider perspective, which can dramatically improve your rear vision.

2. Turn to look behind: When you are unable to see anything in the mirrors, turn your head briefly to see what’s behind your truck and in the other lane. Make it brief and keep the angle small (no more than 45 degrees). Prolonged and exaggerated head turns can be dangerous. If the vehicle in front of you brakes suddenly, you may end up plowing into it.

3. Add another mirror with a larger field of view: If you find the views offered by your side and rearview mirrors inadequate, then add another mirror that with a larger field of view. It will dramatically reduce side and rear blind spots.

4. Install video cameras and distance sensors: If blind spots are a constant source of trouble for you, then consider installing video cameras and distance sensors. These will eliminate blind spots completely and make driving a hassle-free experience.

Here are some tips for drivers of other vehicles on how to avoid being in the blind spots of truck drivers:

  • Do not tailgate a truck: Driving too closely behind a truck is a recipe for disaster since you will be the truck driver’s rear blind spot. Keep at least a two-car-length distance when driving behind a truck.
  • Do not cut in front of a truck: When changing lane or merging into the main lane, do not cut in front of a truck. Doing so puts you in the rear back spot of the truck driver. Instead, enter the lane with enough distance between you and the truck so that the truck driver can see you.
  • Watch out for the truck driver’s signals: Always be alert for the truck driver’s signals, especially when he is changing lanes to the right. Failure to see the truck signals may put you in the right side blind spot of the truck driver, which can be dangerous.

A careful truck driver is constantly aware of blind spots and methods to avoid them. The same applies to the prudent drivers of other vehicles. Still, accidents can happen, and whether you are the truck driver or the injured, you will need truck accident attorneys who are experienced in these cases to represent – and protect – your best interests.