Piazza, Simmons, & Grant

Connecticut Personal Injury Lawyers

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.

Steps to Avoid Truck Blind-Spot Accidents

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:

  • Do not cut closely in front of a tractor-trailer. Trucks and buses need far more room to slow or stop than do passenger vehicles. Cutting in front of a large commercial vehicle, truck, or bus might put you in a blind spot where the truck driver is not aware that you are there. Leave plenty of room before changing lanes in front of a tractor-trailer.
  • Avoid holding position next to a tractor-trailer. If you find yourself driving next to a truck, you should either pass the truck or fall back to a position where the truck driver can see you. When possible, pass on the left, where the truck driver’s blind spot is smaller.
  • Keep a safe distance when driving behind a tractor-trailer. If you can’t see the truck’s side mirrors, the driver can’t see you. If the driver can’t see you and has to take sudden action, such as braking hard or some other maneuver, you could wind up rear-ending the truck.

If You Suffer a Personal Injury in an Accident Involving a Tractor-Trailer, Call a Stamford Truck Accident Law Firm to Discuss Your Options

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.

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