What You Need to Know About 18-Wheeler Blind Spots
Written by greg on February 17, 2017
The common belief is that truck drivers are bullies and was hugging the road. This truth is that 18 wheelers have blind spots in front, on both sides and behind a tractor trailer. Because the driver may not be able to see you, they move over without seeing you and force you out of the way.
It is important that everyone understands the blind spot phenomenon that is inherent in tractor-trailers to protect yourself and your family. Staying out of the “danger zones” when driving near an 18-wheeler can drastically reduce your odds of an unfortunate encounter with the semi-truck.
Following illustration shows the danger zones for driving around tractor-trailers.
* 20 feet in front
* On both sides
* 30 feet behind
It is also important to know that big rigs take up to 40% longer to stop than cars and pickup trucks. This makes driving in front of a big truck extremely dangerous when they are right behind you. Consider changing lanes if you can do so safely and stay out of the danger zone of a big truck right behind you.
Driving alongside a big truck for any length of time can easily put you in the danger zone of the truck driver’s blind spot. Consider moving faster or slowing down to let the truck beside you so you are not driving in the drunk blind spot of the big truck.
The blind spot on the left-hand side of tractor-trailer is a smaller blind spot than on the right-hand side. Consider passing on the left side when he can do so safely.
When following, a tractor-trailer do not tailgate as the truck driver may not know you are back there and your vision for other traffic may be blocked as well. It’s
The massive size difference between a typical tractor-trailer which can weigh 80,000 pounds and a passenger car that can be 4000 to 5000 pounds is another reason to give the tractor-trailer a wide berth traveling the highway.
Contact an 18-wheeler accident attorney for a consultation
Contacting an experienced 18-wheeler accident attorney as soon as possible after the crash is an important first step in protecting your legal rights. Some insurance interests have recently been pushing to put the tractor-trailer back in service as soon as possible after a crash, which can deprive you of access to onboard computer data that can be critically important for your case.
Call the Baumgartner Law Firm at (281) 587-1111.