When you share the road with a commercial truck, it is always important to remember when the driver can, and more importantly cannot, see you and your vehicle. Commercial trucks operate much differently than consumer vehicles, even larger SUVs, and commercial drivers face a number of limitations that consumer drivers do not.
One of the most significant and dangerous limitations to commercial truck drivers is lack of visibility around the cab and trailer of the truck. Drivers who ignore these blind spots place themselves and others in serious danger, increasing the risk of an accident. You can help keep yourself and others safe by remaining mindful of these limitations when sharing the road with commercial vehicles.
The no-zone for commercial trucks
No matter what kind of vehicle that you drive, you know that it has its own set of blind spots where other vehicles are difficult to see. Usually, these are areas where the frame surrounds the windows. However, most consumer vehicles do not have difficulty seeing the vehicles directly beside or in front of them.
In contrast, commercial drivers contend with much more significant visual limitations behind the trailer of the truck, or directly beside or in front of the cab. Drivers refer to these areas as the no-zone, where they have very limited visibility.
When you drive in one of these limited visibility areas, the commercial driver cannot see you, which can obviously turn disastrous. While it is not always easy to know when a commercial driver can see you and when he or she cannot, it is important to keep these limitations in mind.
As a general rule, if you cannot see a commercial driver, whether through a side mirror or directly, then the driver probably cannot see you or your vehicle. If you must drive in a truck's no zone, remain conscious of the dangers of driving there, and try to move to a place of greater visibility as soon as you can. Driving with extra care around commercial vehicles may just save your life and many others.
Get the help you need after an accident
You may do your part to keep everyone on the road safe, but that cannot make up for the driving of others on the road. If you experience a commercial vehicle accident, don't wait to reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you protect your rights and understand your legal options.