Tractor-trailers can be an imposing presence on the road—they are far larger than most other vehicles, create wind vortices that can buffet much smaller vehicles and, during inclement weather, can create spray plumes that can blind vehicles following too close behind them.
Perhaps most frightening, the very size of tractor-trailers also creates one of their most dangerous characteristics: blind spots. Every car has blind spots, but because passenger vehicles are smaller, so are their blind spots.
A simple glance over the shoulder—a routine part of most journeys by an automobile driver—will usually reveal a vehicle not visible in the side or rear-view mirrors.
This is not the case with tractor-trailers. Tractor-trailer blind spots, depending upon the size of the truck, can extend as far as 200 feet behind the rig. The blind spots on either side of the rig can extend beyond the end of the trailer to distances that depend upon the make and model of the semi.
This can pose a significant hazard. Statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show that while accidents, injuries, and fatalities involving tractor-trailers are declining, roughly 4,000 people die each year in accidents involving tractor-trailers. While not all of these accidents are due to truck blind spots, they are an important factor of which other drivers must be aware.
Drivers of passenger vehicles must be aware of tractor-trailer blind spots, and take defensive measures to avoid accidents that might occur because a truck driver can’t see them. Among these measures:
If you were injured in an accident involving a tractor-trailer in or around Stamford, Connecticut, you should explore your compensation options. Take advantage of a free case evaluation to determine if an attorney can help maximize the compensation you receive for your injuries. The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Piazza, Simmons & Grant can help. Contact us at (203) 348-2465 or by using our online contact form.