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Traveling Safely Around Trucks: Know the “No Zones”

Commercial trucks travel our roadways daily in order to transport vital goods.  Staying safe on the road is essential and one of the best ways to stay safe is to keep out of a truck’s blind spots or “no zones.”  Commercial trucks are massive vehicles that have several distinct blind spots.  The visibility of truck drivers is far more limited than that of a car driver.  For this reason, our Miami truck accident lawyers present the four main “no-zones” for trucks that all drivers should know.

Read below to gain a better understanding of truck no-zones and contact us immediately in the event you are injured in a truck accident.

  1. The Right Side No-Zone: The right side of a commercial truck contains the largest and longest blind spot.  It is critical that drivers avoid passing along a truck on the right hand side at all times.  If you cannot see the driver in the side mirror, you should assume he or she cannot see you either.  If you must pass a truck, pass on the left hand side which has a shorter blind spot.  When traveling on multiple lane highways, avoid driving alongside a truck on its right hand side because the driver has little to no visibility and could accidently merge into you.
  2. The Left Side No-Zone: As with the right side, the left hand side of a commercial truck has a large blind spot.  Avoid driving alongside either side of a commercial vehicle other than for passing.  When you need to pass a truck, do so as quickly as possible and then return to the truck’s visibility area.  Although the truck driver has a little more visibility on this side, it is still limited and you are best to avoid this blind spot as well.  If you find yourself traveling alongside a truck, catch the driver’s eyes in the side mirror to ensure he or she knows you are there.
  3. The Front No-Zone: It is crucial that you never travel closely in front of a truck.  Although it can be frustrating to travel behind a slow moving truck, tractor trailers cannot stop quickly and if you are directly in front of one, you could become seriously injured in the event of a slowdown.  Aim to leave at least one car length per 10 miles per hour you are traveling between you and the truck.  So, if traveling at 60 miles per hour, this would amount to six car lengths.
  4. The Rear No-Zone: Traveling close behind a truck is extremely dangerous. You cannot see around the truck and in the event of a slowdown, your vehicle could travel underneath the truck, resulting in serious injury.  Leave sufficient room to allow you to stop in the event of a slowdown or sudden stop.

Greenberg, Stone, & Urbano:  Experienced and Dedicated Florida Truck Accident Attorneys   

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in South Florida, contact the Miami Truck Accident Attorneys at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano.  We have over 130 collective years of experience representing truck accident victims across the state.  From the moment you contact our firm, we will fight to see that your case receives the dedication and attention it deserves.  We are honored to have received a coveted AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and the Miami Herald’s ranking as a top firm in South Florida.   Put our exceptional truck accident lawyers to work on your case.  Call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or you can visit our website to schedule your initial consultation.



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