Understanding the Truck “No-Zone” to Avoid Dallas Truck Accidents
When you are driving a passenger vehicle and sharing the road with semi-trucks, you do have to keep a few things in mind. As the driver of the smaller vehicle, you should respect the semi-truck and understand they are not as agile as you are. If someone cuts you off, you can slam on brakes and probably avoid a collision. If someone cuts off that eighteen-wheeler, they probably will not be able to brake fast enough.
Since you are sharing the road with these big rigs, make sure you understand to stay out of their “no-zone”. Essentially, the “no-zone” refers to areas around the truck that you should avoid because they are blind spots for the driver. They will not be able to see you and this could result in a collision. According to the FMCSA, there are three “no-zones” you need to avoid:
- Trucks have very large blind spots on their sides, especially on the right side. Here is a simple rule to keep in mind: if you cannot see the driver in their mirror, then they can’t see your car. If they have to change lanes, they could hit you.
- The rear blind spot is also quite large. If the truck doesn’t know you are there, this could cause a collision. The rule of thumb in this case is to make sure you can always see the side view mirrors on the truck. If you can’t see them, you are too close.
- A truck takes about twice the time to slow down as a car, so if you get in front of one, make sure you leave plenty of space. Never cut off a semi-truck because they will not be able to stop. (What Is a No-Zone?)
You can avoid Dallas truck accidents if you follow the rules of the “no-zones”. Make sure you drive carefully, and if you are involved in Dallas truck accidents, contact Kirkendall Dwyer LLP.