If you were injured in a truck accident where you were hit in the truck’s blind spot, or “no-zone”, the defense may try to claim that you were to blame for being in the blind spot. However, truck drivers are trained to watch for vehicles entering their blind spots and have a responsibility to take the necessary precautions. All that matters after an accident, but it’s far better to not get into a collision in the first place. So, forget what truck drivers or any other drivers should be doing to keep from hitting you, and focus on what you can do to minimize your chance of getting hit.
Where Are a Truck’s Blind Spots?
A large commercial truck has blind spots in front, behind and on the sides. Although they will vary a bit by model, they are generally as follows:
- In front of the truck for 20 feet
- Behind the truck for 30 feet
- Driver’s side: one lane about halfway to the back of the trailer
- Passenger’s side: two full lanes all the way to the back of the trailer
Nifty information but it’s not always easy to calculate your distance in feet when you’re travelling down the highway and focusing on traffic. A quicker, and more reliable way to know if you are in a blind spot is to look for the truck driver or the truck’s mirrors. If you can’t see the trucker’s face or the truck’s mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Louisiana truck accident, the law offices of J. Ransdell Keene is here to help you recover the full compensation you deserve. Give us a call at 800-597-9247 or email us to schedule your free consultation.