Getting into an accident with a commercial vehicle if you are in a traditional passenger vehicle is extremely dangerous. The average commercial truck weighs ten times more than a sedan. This means that the danger falls disproportionately on the passenger vehicle in an accident.
Understanding how to drive around a large commercial truck can save your life. For example, understanding that the blind spots on a commercial truck are much larger than those on a passenger vehicle is vital, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Where are the blind spots on a commercial truck?
Every vehicle, no matter how big or small, has blind spots. The blind spots on commercial trucks are exceptionally large. Often, the blind spots in front and behind a commercial truck exceed 20 feet each. On the left side of the truck, the blind-spot encompasses the entire left lane. However, it is the blind spot on the right side of the truck that is the most dangerous. This blind spot goes across two entire lanes.
What does this mean for driving safely?
You must give the driver of a commercial truck much more space when you are passing as compared to a passenger vehicle. You should also make sure that you are on the left side of a commercial truck when you are trying to pass. Since the blind spot on the right side of a commercial truck is so large, passing on the right can be fatal. Keep in mind that commercial truck drivers must adhere to a higher safety standard: if a truck driver’s erratic driving caused your accident a competent attorney is a must.