Truck Accident Caused by a Blind Spot

There are several things you can do to help minimize your chances of ending up in a truck accident caused by a blind spot.

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Trucks are large, often very tall vehicles, and as a result, they typically have significant blind spots that can make it difficult for drivers to see what’s happening on the road around them. Because of their size and height, trucks can sometimes even block the view of other vehicles that might be directly beside or behind them. So if you’re driving near a truck, it’s important to stay out of its blind spots to avoid dangerous situations.

There are several things you can do to help minimize your chances of ending up in a truck accident caused by a blind spot.

Keep Away From the Sides of the Truck

One of the best ways to stay out of a truck’s blind spot is to avoid driving on the sides of the truck. This means that you shouldn’t attempt to pass a truck on the right side unless you are absolutely sure that you have enough room to do so safely. 

Additionally, when driving next to a truck, make sure to give yourself plenty of space between your vehicle and the side of the truck. This will give you enough time to react if the truck should happen to swing into your lane. 

Make Sure You Can See the Truck’s Side Mirrors

Next, you should not follow a truck without seeing its side mirrors. If you can’t see the truck’s mirrors, chances are the driver won’t see you either. Drop back until you can see both side mirrors.

Be Patient With Slow-Moving Trucks 

Trucks typically have posted speed limits that are lower than those for cars and other smaller vehicles. Trucks take longer to speed up and slow down due to their size and weight. The best thing to do when you encounter a slow-moving truck is to be patient and wait until it’s safe to pass; otherwise, you could end up putting yourself (and others) in danger. 

Avoid Tailgating

Following too closely behind any vehicle can be dangerous, but tailgating a large truck is especially dangerous since they have much larger blind spots than smaller vehicles do. If you find yourself behind a slow-moving truck on the highway, resist the urge to tailgate. And if you find yourself in front of a large truck, ensure ample space between you and the truck.

Signal Early and Don’t Linger in the Blind Spots

If you must pass a truck, make sure you do it safely by signaling early and then smoothly moving into the other lane; don’t linger in the truck’s blind spot or cut off the driver as you move back into your lane once you’ve passed.

Speak With a Missouri Truck Accident Attorney

While most drivers are cautious around these massive vehicles, truck accidents still happen far too often. If you were injured in a truck accident, our St. Louis truck accident attorneys can help. Give us a call 24/7 for a free case evaluation.


St. Louis Truck Accident Attorney

The St. Louis truck accident attorneys at the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann can help you hold the responsible party accountable and seek the full amount of compensation you are entitled to. Give us a call today for a FREE case evaluation.