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Can a truck driver's blind spot contribute to a truck accident?

It does not take an expert to notice who has the size advantage when a semi truck and a car are in an accident. Virginia car drivers likely know that if they are involved in a semi truck accident they will be at a major disadvantage due to the massive size and weight of large trucks. Unfortunately, the size of trucks also can contribute to accidents occurring in the first place, which is often due to truck driver's blind spots.

Can a truck driver's blind spot contribute to a truck accident? A truck driver's blind spot is a place where the driver is not able to see other vehicles or obstacles in the truck's rear view or side view mirrors. Large commercial trucks have four blind spots, also called "no-zones." In these blind spots, which extend to the front and back, as well as the left and ride sides of a truck, a truck driver is unable to see other drivers.

In the front blind spot, a truck driver is unable to see 10 to 20 feet in front of the truck's cab. In the rear blind spot, a truck driver is unable to see approximately 200 feet behind the truck. Blind spots on the sides of trucks can be extensive as well, and it is significantly larger than any blind spot a car driver experiences in his or her own vehicle.

Motorists of course try to take precautions to avoid truck drivers' blind spots, but sometimes it is inevitable that a driver will find him or herself in a blind spot. If a truck driver suddenly changes lanes or swerves when another driver is in the truck's blind spot, it can lead to a serious 18-wheeler accident. Such a collision could prove deadly for those in the smaller vehicle.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, you may wish to seek legal counsel to discuss your rights. A civil action such as a personal injury claim or a wrongful death suit could help victims or their loved ones recover compensation for their losses and damages.

Source: aaa.com, "Share with Care: Sharing the Road," accessed Nov. 20, 2015

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