Here at Chanfrau & Chanfrau, we know the major dangers of large truck accidents. Having helped countless clients in Bunnell and east-central Florida, we always want to make sure that negligent truck drivers are held accountable. Many times these collisions are the result of passenger cars caught in the truck's blind spot.
We would like to take a moment to consider the dangers of these kinds of accidents. We'll also offer some tips on how you can keep yourself self while sharing the road with these large vehicles.
What Is a Blind Spot?
A blind spot refers to an area of the vehicle that is not visible in the rear view mirror or side mirrors of a vehicle. All vehicles have blind spots, which is why drivers must always exercise caution when changing lanes, merging into lanes, and making turns.
Large Trucks Have Major Blind Spots
Given the size of commercial trucks, it should come as no surprise that these large vehicles have major blind spots. It can be extremely difficult for even safe truck drivers to see all the way around their vehicle, which makes collisions with passengers more likely.
Hazards of Driving in a Large Truck's Blind Spot
Driving in the large truck's blind spot means that the truck driver is not aware that you are there. The blind spots may be directly behind a large truck, to the side of the truck near the middle and front, and just ahead of the large truck to the side.
If you are driving in these blind spots while a truck turns, slows down suddenly, or needs to swerve, you are likely going to be struck by that vehicle. The injuries sustained can be catastrophic given the force generated by such a collision.
How to Make Sure You Are Seen by a Truck Driver
If you have to drive around a large truck, it's important that you make sure you are seen. A good way to do this is to remain behind the truck to the side. Truck drivers will notice a vehicle approaching from behind in an adjacent lane, and will allow that vehicle to speed up and overtake the truck. Do not linger beside a large truck for too long if it can be helped. There's a greater chance you will be caught in the blind spot.
Should you notice a truck driver maneuvering their vehicle in a way that may lead to a collision, be sure to honk and flash your lights to get the driver's attention. Just a bit of situational awareness like this can prevent a major collision.
What Can I Do If an Accident Happens?
When accidents occur involving large trucks, the injuries and vehicle damage can be considerable. Be sure to contact emergency responders immediately. When possible, try to make sure everyone is okay. Lay down road flares to help warn oncoming traffic to slow down and steer clear of the accident site.
After contacting authorities, take photos of the incident. This can help if you eventually pursue legal action. Similarly, make sure to discuss the collision with the truck driver and get the driver's information. The same should be done with any witnesses in the area who saw the crash occur.
If you are a passerby, consider pulling over to assist with the situation. Your help can save lives, even if it's as simple as calling 911 and keeping the road clear.
Learn More About Truck Accident Lawsuits
If you or someone you love has been injured in a large truck accident, we encourage you to contact an experienced accident and injury attorney today. The lawyers of Chanfrau & Chanfrau will fight for you and your loved ones every step of the way.