Knowing Where Blind Spots Exist Can Protect You Against Trucking Accidents
Most of us are familiar with those ‘blind spots’ on our vehicles, in which other drivers disappear from view. Unfortunately, making a turn or switching lanes without being conscious of these areas and how to ensure others are not traveling in them can have disastrous results. This is even more true when it comes to trucks and trucking accidents. With a blind spot or ‘no zone’ that is likely to be at least three or four times larger than regular vehicles, it is important for both truck drivers and other motorists to be aware of these areas and how to avoid them.
Trucking No Zones
Blind spots on trucks are referred to as ‘no zones’ for good reason. There are the areas surrounding semi trucks, tractor trailers, and other big rigs in which other motorists disappear entirely from a driver’s view. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), trucks generally have four distinct blind spots:
- In the front: Drivers often are unable to see up to 20 feet in front of truck window.
- In the back: When you are following a truck, keep in mind that if you are within 30 feet, they will likely be unable to see you.
- On the left side: Truck drivers are often unable to see motorists traveling directly along side them and between their rear view side mirrors and the back of their vehicle.
- On the right side: One of the most dangerous areas to travel alongside of a truck, no zones extend more than 30 feet and cover multiple lanes.
To protect your own safety and that of other drivers on the road, every effort should be made to avoid driving in these blind spots. In situations where you are passing or it is otherwise unavoidable, you should make a point to get out of these areas as quickly as possible.
Using Technology To Avoid Truck Accidents
In addition to the problems created for truckers as the result of no zones, these areas can also prevent issues for car drivers as well. Due to their inability to see along the front, back, or portions alongside of large commercial vehicles, motorists run the risk for accidents when attempting to pass or switch lanes. In similar fashion to how cars are now being equipped with video monitoring screens, truck manufacturers are looking into ways to address this visibility problem.
In February of 2016, Samsung introduced what it labels the first ‘safety truck’, implementing modern technology to allow drivers to see other motorists in truck blind spots. Through two video cameras installed on the front of the truck, images are projected on the back of the vehicle in the hopes of allowing other motorists to make more informed driving decisions. Test marketed in Argentina, the project has yet to debut in the U.S.
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