It can be intimidating to drive around big rig trucks for new drivers. They are often very cautious and take special care to be as safe as possible. Unfortunately, as time goes on drivers become less careful. This can lead to serious big rig accidents that could have easily been prevented by simply following a few simple rules.
Keep reading to find out what you should avoid when driving near big rigs. If you are involved in this type of accident, and the accident was partially or entirely someone else’s fault, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 right away for a free legal consultation with a personal injury attorney.
Stay Out of These Four No-Zones
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the best way to stay safe when driving near big rigs is to be aware that they have limited visibility on all sides. They recommend that drivers stay out of four zones that they refer to as “no-zones.” These no-zones include:
- 20 feet in front of the truck’s cabin
- 30 feet behind the trailer
- One lane directly underneath and behind the driver side of the big rig
- Two lane widths directly underneath and behind the passenger side of the big rig
These are large zones and can be hard to stay out of but safety requires that you make an effort. A good rule of thumb is that if you cannot see the mirrors of a truck driver, they cannot see your vehicle. Driving safely and leaving plenty of room may be less convenient and take a little longer, but it could save a life – including yours.
There is Only So Much You Can Do to Prevent Truck Accidents
While staying out of the above four described zones can help you prevent causing an accident, the truth is that there is nothing you can do to prevent 100% of truck accidents. When big rig accidents do occur, they are more likely to lead to serious injury or death than a typical car accident. These accidents can be the fault of the driver of the truck, their employer, the owner of the truck, the company that loaded the truck, and other parties.
At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we know how to find out who was really at fault. This may involve going after several parties to have your damages covered. We will carefully assess the evidence against you to find the best way forward. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you are welcome to call us at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.