Semi-trucks and other large vehicles are surrounded by “no-zones.” A no-zone is an area around the vehicle that passenger cars should avoid at all costs. Most accidents with semi-trucks occur in one of the no-zones. This post will go over the no-zones and how you can avoid them.
There are four no-zones around a truck: front, side, rear, and wide turns. The front no-zone refers to the distance that a tractor-trailer requires to slow down and come to a complete stop. The general rule for this zone is never, ever cut off a semi-truck, give the truck driver plenty of room to arrest the truck’s velocity.
The side no-zone refers to either side of the truck. Semi-trucks sit very high therefore the mirrors are unable to display objects that are right next to the truck. A good rule is if you cannot see yourself in the mirror, neither can the truck driver.
The rear no-zone is the area directly behind the truck. Tractor-trailers do not have operative rear-view mirrors because the trailer blocks the rear view. Therefore, truck drivers rely on their side mirrors to spot objects behind their truck. As stated above, if you cannot see yourself in the mirror, neither can the truck driver.
Finally, all large vehicles need large radiuses to complete turns. Do not ever try to sneak a right turn between a semi-truck and the curb or your car will get smashed between the two.
Were you injured in a semi-truck accident? If yes, you may want to contact an attorney to review your rights to compensation; you could have a valid claim for personal injury. Litigating against trucking companies is complex because of the overlapping responsibilities. It would not be unusual for the truck and driver to work for different companies and haul cargo from another company, not to mention each of those party’s respective insurance companies. In short, it is a complex weave of business relationships. A lawyer can help you by digesting through the various parties and zeroing in on the critical party that is the most likely to pay you compensation.