Most 18-wheelers weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and, as such, often cause devastating injuries in the event of a crash. Such injuries may prove fatal, as 4,136 people died as a result of truck accidents in 2018 alone.
Given these startling statistics, you may wonder whether there is anything you can do to avoid a truck accident. While it’s not always possible to prevent a truck accident entirely, there are some safety measures you can practice to reduce the likelihood of being involved in one.
One of the key principles you should follow is to avoid a truck’s blind spots.
Where Are a Truck’s Blind Spots?
Trucks have large blind spots in several different areas, including the following:
Front: Most trucks have a 20-foot blind spot directly in front of them. This means it’s vital that you never cut off a truck while driving. Instead, always wait until the truck is visible in your rear-view mirror before changing lanes.
Back: Trucks often have a 30-foot blind spot directly behind them. This means that truck drivers often cannot see the vehicles following them. This is why it’s important for you to give yourself enough following distance behind the truck in order to be seen. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if you cannot see the truck driver’s face in the side-view mirror, assume the truck driver cannot see you.
Sides: Trucks typically have a blind spot on the left-hand side of the vehicle that is the width of one lane. Additionally, they often have a large blind spot on the right-hand side of the vehicle that is the width of two lanes. If you must pass a truck, try to spend as little time in the truck’s side blind spots as possible.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Contact Us Today
Avoiding a truck’s blind spots will not prevent every accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident that wasn’t your fault, our Houston personal injury attorneys can help you recover the compensation you need for medical bills and lost wages. We operate on a contingency fee basis and offer free consultations, which means there is no downside to exploring your options with us today.
Contact The Ammons Law Firm at (281) 801-5617 to schedule a free consultation.