While not all truck accidents can be categorized as “no-zone” accidents, it is important to know what a no-zone is, because knowing a truck’s no-zones not only promotes safety, but also helps elucidate why there are so many truck accidents.
A no-zone is a blind spot for the truck driver.
There are four major no-zones: the side no-zone on the left and right sides of the truck, the front-of-the-cab no zone, the behind-the-truck no zone, and the no-zone within the truck’s turning radius.
Let’s look at each of these no-zone areas.
In Front of the Cab
The most overlooked no-zone area is in front of the cab. Since cabs are elevated high above other drivers, the trucker may not see a small car directly before it. Drivers should always make sure they can see the entire truck cab in their mirrors before merging in front of a truck.
These no-zone areas are on the side of the truck. Generally, if you can’t see the trucker in his or her side-view mirror, they can’t see you. To avoid a side no-zone, drivers should avoid driving for a lengthy time beside a truck.
This no-zone area is behind the truck. Because truckers do not have rear-view mirrors to see behind the truck, they must rely on their side-view mirrors. It’s important not to drive too closely behind a truck.
Making a right turn in a big truck requires the truck driver to swing far left and then cut back hard to the right. When truckers turn, they place smaller cars on both sides at risk of a collision. Further, because a truck driver’s side-view mirrors are not angled to see traffic while the driver is making the turn, there is an increased risk that a car–or even worse, a cyclist or pedestrian–will be caught inside the turn.
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