Staying Out of The ‘No Zone’ Can Help To Prevent Truck Accidents
With the large amount of packaged goods and produce being shipped throughout the state and our easy access to major interstates, Florida consistently ranks among the highest in the nation in terms of truck accidents and injuries. While some of these accidents are due to road and weather conditions or reckless conduct on the part of the driver, in others it is the actions of motor vehicle drivers that is to blame. Due to their large size, semi-trucks, tractor trailers, and other big rigs struggle with limited visibility in high traffic conditions, and understanding these limitations can help prevent truck accidents from occurring.
Trucking No Zones
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), of the more than six million traffic accidents which occur each year in the United States, roughly half a million involve trucks, buses, and other oversized vehicles. Unfortunately, Florida leads the nation in the overall number of truck accidents, and has ranked third highest for fatal truck collisions over the past five years.
While there are often numerous reasons why these types of accidents occur, one of the most common factors is reduced visibility on the part of the driver. All vehicles have blind spots that can make it difficult to navigate in traffic. Truck blind spots are much larger, though, and generally occur on the front, back, and side of the vehicle. Known as ‘no zones’, these are areas in which the FMCSA urges motorists to steer clear, as accidents can easily occur when a driver turns, backs up, or changes lanes.
Staying Out Of A Trucks No Zone
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) offers these tips on how to stay out of trucking no zones:
- Side No Zones: Avoid driving directly alongside a truck, and use this space for passing only. The right side is the longest and largest blind spot, so use the left lane instead. Signal well in advance, and make your move quickly.
- Front No Zones: When passing, be sure you can see the entire length of the truck in your own rearview mirror before moving back into their lane. Bear in mind that it takes trucks longer to stop, so if a truck driver is tailgating you, it is generally safer to switch lanes and let them pass.
- Rear No Zones: You should never tailgate a truck. In addition to being out of the driver’s field of vision, if they stop suddenly you will have no way to avoid a collision.
Reach Out to Us for Help
Even a minor trucking accident can result in injuries that are severe and potentially life threatening. Before attempting to deal with the trucking company or their insurers on your own, contact our experienced Florida truck accident attorney first. At the Wexler Law Firm, P.A., we understand how these accidents often occur and the serious damages that often results, and can advise you on the best course of action to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Call or contact our West Palm Beach office online today to request a free consultation.