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No-Zone Truck Accidents

18-wheelers and semi trucks have four major blind spots around both the tractor and trailer components of the vehicle. Although motorists are encouraged to recognize and avoid these areas, truck drivers must still pay special attention to any cars entering and exiting these blind spots. If a truck driver doesn’t make sure these no-zones are clear before turning or changing lanes, he or she may collide with any vehicles hidden in a blind spot. In these situations, truck drivers can sometimes be held responsible for the ensuing damages.

Where Are a Truck’s No-Zones?

The size and precise location of a truck’s no-zones depend on the truck itself. For instance, trucks with unusually long trailers may have bigger blind spots at the rear of the vehicles. However, for most large commercial trucks, the following areas are considered no-zones:

  • An area roughly a car’s length or longer from the rear of the trailer
  • A small area directly in front of the driver, where the tractor blocks the driver’s view
  • A relatively small area on the driver’s side extending from the side-view mirrors of the tractor to the front of the trailer
  • A large area on the passenger’s side beginning about at the side-view mirrors down the length of the trailer, with marginal visibility near the rear of the trailer on right-hand side

While motorists should know where these spots are, it’s the truck driver’s responsibility to check for vehicles entering or leaving these areas before making any substantial speed or directional changes.

Taking Action After an Accident

If you or someone you love has been injured in a no-zone truck accident, you may be able to seek compensation for your accident-related expenses. However, this process may seem daunting without experienced legal help. To learn more about your options and get the information you’re looking for, please fill out the contact form at the top of this page today.