Avoid A Personal Injury in Denver By Staying Out of Trucks’ Blind Spots
Aug. 9, 2017
Trucks are much heavier and larger than cars, which means they can cause a lot more damage when they collide with other vehicles. As a driver, it’s in your best interests to do everything possible to reduce your risk of getting into an accident with trucks. One way to protect yourself is by never driving in a truck’s blind spot, which is an area that the driver cannot see out of his side or rear view mirrors. Here’s how to avoid a personal injury in Denver by staying out of trucks’ blind spots:
Behind the Truck
The truck driver will not be able to see you if you are driving in the blind spot behind his vehicle. If you’re in this blind spot, it may be difficult to stop in time to avoid a collision when the truck driver applies his brakes. How can you tell when you’re in a blind spot? Look for the truck’s mirrors. If you can see the mirrors—and the truck driver’s reflection in the mirrors—then you are not in his blind spot. The second that you lose sight of the side mirrors, it’s time to slow down and create some more distance between your vehicle and the truck.
Front of the Truck
If you are driving in front of a truck, it’s imperative that you make sure your vehicle is visible so the truck does not rear end you. Because of the height of the truck’s cabin, the truck driver cannot see the road or your vehicle if you are too close to the truck. To avoid a collision, try to leave around 10 car spaces between your vehicle and the truck.
Even if you are not directly in front of a truck, you should follow these tips to stay out of the driver’s blind spot. Truck drivers typically have a blind spot in front of them that covers the lane that they are in and one lane to the right.
Sides of the Truck
There are also blind spots on both sides of the truck. If you find yourself in one of these blind spots, the truck driver may change lanes and collide into you without even seeing your vehicle. Again, it’s important to keep an eye on the truck’s side mirrors. If you cannot see the truck driver in his side mirrors, then he cannot see your vehicle. Keep this in mind if you are driving directly next to a truck or if you are attempting to speed up in order to pass a truck. Learn how to stay out of a truck’s blind spots.
If the truck driver can see you, he is less likely to collide into your vehicle. However, there’s always a chance that a reckless truck driver will cause an accident even when he is completely aware of other vehicles on the road. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you will need legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney. Call us or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your right to recover compensation during a free consultation.