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The no-zones of a truck

Every vehicle has blind spots, but commercial trucks have alarming ones. That’s why drivers of smaller vehicles are required to be extra careful when driving around trucks.

The blind spots (no-zones) of a truck can be found all around this specific kind of very large vehicle.

On the sides

Trucks have large blind spots on both sides, but the right side is larger since it extends to the back. You should be cautious when driving on these sides. If you want to overtake a truck on the roadway, confirm that you can see the driver’s reflection in their side mirror. If you can’t see them, chances are they can’t see you. If you can see the driver, signal them, move into the left lane and accelerate. Don’t stay in the truck’s side blind spot. Side no-zones are serious, as a truck driver can hit you, pushing your vehicle underneath the truck.

Directly in front

Trucks have long hoods which create a blind spot directly in front of them. When overtaking a truck, ensure that you can see it in your rear mirror before merging into its lane. Cutting in front of any car can be dangerous, but this danger can intensify when large trucks factor into that scenario.

Directly behind

Due to their size and length, trucks have a rear no-zone. A truck driver may not notice you when you are directly behind them. Besides the truck driver not seeing you, it can be challenging for you to know what’s ahead since if a truck has blocked your vision. If the truck comes to a sudden stop, perhaps due to traffic or an obstruction, you may slide underneath it. Due to the particularly egregious safety risks associated with underride accidents of this kind, it’s vital to increase your safe following distance when you are behind a truck.

If you stay out of a truck’s blind spots and observe all safety measures but a truck driver still hits you, consider seeking legal guidance to protect your rights. You shouldn’t have to bear financial burdens inspired by another’s conduct.