Blind Spots in Large Trucks
Truck drivers are required to undergo extensive training and even receive a special driver’s license in order to qualify to drive a large truck. Despite all of this training and certification, accidents involving large trucks still occur and can have devastating consequences. Many times these accidents are caused by truckers who are overly-tired from driving extensive distances, or by improper loading of goods. However, in many cases, accidents with big trucks could have been avoided had passenger car drivers fully understood the added dangers and difficulties of driving a big truck.
18-Wheeler Blind Spots
Big trucks and 18-wheelers have additional and extended blind spots that are not present in passenger cars, including:
- Rear blind spots. Truck drivers have no rear view mirrors and therefore may not be able to see cars or obstacles directly behind the truck.
- Additional rear-quarter blind spots. Because of the length of the truck, the rear-quarter blind spot is extended.
- Front and passenger-side blind spots. The height of the truck cab prevents the driver from seeing directly in front of and to the right side of the truck.
Big trucks are equipped with extensive, advanced mirrors to help them deal with these blind spots and reduce the risk of accidents. However, by understanding the risks of driving near large trucks, passenger car drivers can do their part to prevent accidents with 18-wheelers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a large truck, contact the Wisconsin trucking accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® by calling 800-242-2874.