If you are injured in a truck accident, you need a lawyer to investigate the circumstances of your accident, regardless of what the police report says. Don’t assume you’re at fault for the accident. Trucks have large side view mirrors for a reason — a commercial truck has huge blind spots all around the truck, depending on the size. Driving in these blind spots referred to as “no zones” can increase your risk of being involved in a lane change accident with a commercial truck. The U.S. Department of Transportation, warns that a large semi-truck and trailer combination has a 20-foot blind spot directly in front of the cab and a 30-foot blind spot directly behind the trailer. The following semi-truck pictorial illustrates the location of blind spot’s around a semi-tractor trailer:
As you can see from the above illustration there are also large blind spots to the left and the right of the truck’s cab. On the driver’s side, the blind spot extends out one lane and about half way down the side of the trailer.
However, on the passenger side of the truck, the blind spot extends two lanes over and may run down the side of the entire length of the trailer. Furthermore, when a large truck is making a right turn, the blind spot may run the entire length of the truck on the passenger side if you are close to the trailer.
Truck drivers understand they must make every effort to be careful vehicles are not in the blind spots to avoid a collision. However, there are also steps passenger vehicle drivers can take to avoid a blind spot truck accident. You should know the tips for avoiding a Michigan blind spot truck accident, which include the following:
If you or a loved one were hurt in a truck accident, it’s always in your best interest to consult with an experienced Michigan truck accident attorney to determine if you are entitled to compensation from the trucking company. To schedule a free consultation with a Michigan truck accident lawyer, call The Joseph Dedvukaj Firm’s law office at 1-248-352-2110 or toll free 866-HIRE-JOE.