Tractor-Trailer No-Zones Explained
No-zones are traditionally associated with tractor-trailers (18-wheeler trucks). They are the large trailers that are attached behind trucks carrying the cargo. It is important to review no-zones because tractor-trailer collisions are exceedingly dangerous. In 2014, about 3,660 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks. Therefore, to understand these dangers, it is important to know how no-zones work and contribute to fatal accidents.
Due to their sheer size, tractor-trailers have huge no-zones. No-zones are areas that are blind spots for the truck driver (places he cannot see) and are the likeliest spots for an accident to occur. Large trucks, unlike standard sedans or SUVs, have fewer rear view mirrors (because the trailer blocks most of the rear-view window). Furthermore, trucks are heavier and therefore need longer distances to slow down and stop.
You can identify a no-zone using four basic criteria.
The front no-zone refers to the area in front of the truck that is necessary for it to come to a complete stop. The basic rule to avoid this no-zone is to give trucks a wide berth so that they have sufficient distance and time to slow down.
The side no-zone refers to either side of the truck. Tractor-trailers are dozens of feet long. The general rule for this no-zone is if you can''t see the driver in his side mirrors, then he cannot see you. Just to be safe, you should try to avoid driving next to large trucks for extended periods of time.
The rear no-zone is the area directly behind the truck. There is no way the driver can see directly behind you. When you follow a truck, you need to give several car lengths of distance to ensure that you appear on one of the side view mirrors.
Finally, trucks make very wide turns. It is critical that you aren''t too close when they are making their turns, or you could get caught between the truck and curb.
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, you might want to consult with a personal injury attorney you could have an actionable claim for damages. Accidents involving trucks are dangerous and complicated to prosecute. A lawyer can go over your situation and advise you of the best way to seek recovery for your injuries.