No-Zone Truck Accidents
Every automobile on the road has blind spots that make it more difficult to see other vehicles on the road. However, 18-wheelers have more of these areas than normal vehicles, called no-zones. Drivers of semi-trucks are supposed to take extra caution when driving by checking these areas before changing lanes or making other maneuvers, in order to keep other vehicles on the road safe. When truck drivers fail to do so, the resulting accidents and injuries can be devastating.
What are a truck’s no-zones?
An 18-wheeler’s no-zones refers to four specific areas surrounding the truck in which a driver has to physically move to see, as these areas are nearly impossible to view with side mirrors or rear-view mirrors. A truck’s no-zone areas include:
- An area about the length of a car directly behind the trailer
- Directly in front of the truck
- A large area behind the passenger door
- A small area behind the driver side door
If the driver of an 18-wheeler does not check these areas often, other unaware individuals may drive in these areas. While all accidents have the potential to be devastating, those involving an 18-wheeler can be especially dangerous, even more so when a regular size vehicle is in the collision. These accidents can be even worse when caused by a negligent truck driver. However, if you were injured by a truck driver in an accident, you may be entitled to receive valuable compensation.