It is hard to miss seeing a tractor trailer in your mirrors when you are driving near one, but it
is very easy for a truck driver to miss seeing you. It is especially easy when car designs are
getting smaller. Many tractor trailer accidents in Louisiana are caused by the large blind
spots in the front, rear and sides of the semi truck, so driving smart is vital to avoiding tractor
Where are those blind spots?
Can you see him?
Chances are if you cannot see the truck driver’s face in his mirrors, you are in one of his
blind spots. He will not be able to see you in a blind spot and there are several you should
know about. Knowing where they are on a truck can help you avoid a trucking accident in
Because the driver sits very high in the tractor cab,
there is a large blind spot in front of the truck. A driver is not able to see immediately in
front of the vehicle. Recent UK news footage of a tanker truck pushing a small vehicle on the
highway at sixty miles per hour demonstrates the inability of the driver to see small objects
directly in front of the cab of the truck.
There is another large
blind spot at the rear of the truck. If you follow a truck too closely, the driver will not be
able to see you in his mirrors. This is due to the length of the trailer and the angles of the
mirrors. Some people like to follow close to trucks, so they can use the truck’s draft
to save on gas costs. What if the truck driver does not know you are there and stops
quickly? Are a few pennies worth the risk? Increase your following distance to prevent
Mirrors mounted on the cab and fenders of the
tractor help to eliminate some of the blind spots on both sides of the tractor trailer, but due to
the length of the trailer it is impossible to eliminate all blind spots on the sides. Many
tractor trailer accidents occur during lane changes or right turns, so take care to avoid driving
next to tractor trailer trucks.
Contact Cardone Law Firm, a Louisiana truck accident law firm, if you
are involved in a blind spot accident. We will investigate and pursue recovery from the
trucker for you.