Trucks are the biggest and heaviest vehicles on the road. For this reason, they may also have devastating impacts when they are involved in traffic accidents. The worst truck accidents even involve innocent motorists, who obviously do not deserve to experience the hassles of accidents, such as injuries, medical costs, and repair and maintenance costs of their vehicles.
One of the most overlooked causes of truck accidents is called the no-zone. No-zones are blind spots around the trucks. Truck drivers should be aware of these no-zones and how they may cause collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians. But there are instances where truck drivers become negligent towards these blind spots, putting everybody around them at risk.
Trucks have designs where the driver and front passenger seats are elevated. For this reason, drivers may not be able to see what is directly in front of them or below their windshields. They should avoid being too close to vehicles in front of them and be mindful of crossing pedestrians who they may not be able to see.
Many trucks don’t have rear view mirrors, limiting the truckers’ capabilities to see what is behind them. Trailers and their loads can also be obstructions that may prevent truckers from seeing vehicles and motorcycles in their rear end. Sudden braking and turning maneuvers should be avoided to prevent motorists behind the truck from crashing into the truck’s rear end.
Trucks are long vehicles, so there is a tendency where the sidemirrors don’t fully see the entire sides of the trucks. This is true on both driver and front passenger side. If you are in another vehicle and you do not see the truck driver in the truck beside you, that truck driver likely doesn’t see you as well. It is best to acknowledge the existence of such blind spots to avoid collisions.
Those who have been involved in no-zone accidents may have a case against those responsible. But even though this proves that the law does not tolerate negligent truck drivers, everybody on the road should make the effort of avoiding no-zone accidents.
To fully prevent accidents from these blind spots, it is important to know that they exist and where they are situated, so everybody can avoid them at all costs.