No-Zone Truck Accidents in Texas

May 18

Large trucks or 18-wheelers tend to overpower every other vehicle that’s sharing the road. Because of their notable size, these trucks are known to be notoriously hard to control. Compared to regular passenger cars, an 18-wheeler is about 30 times heavier and comes with a special set of challenges. It’s obvious that truck drivers need to be specially trained to operate such powerful vehicles.

One of the things that drivers are trained to watch out for are the no-zone of their trucks. These are spots surrounding the vehicle that’s obscured by the length and girth of a truck. Any vehicle will have similar blind spots. The only difference between a regular car and an 18-wheeler is that issues with blind spots in cars are usually mitigated with the use of side mirrors. For 18-wheelers, these mirrors aren’t enough. According to the website of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, truck drivers will also need to keep an eye out on the following areas to avoid any unforeseen incidents:

  • The small area in front of the truck
  • The sizable area behind the truck
  • The small area on the driver’s side
  • The large area on the passenger’s side

According to the website of the Truslow Law Firm, truck operators need to ensure that these areas are clear before making turns or changing lanes. They should also employ proper signals to ensure that anyone near these zones can clear out of the way. Similarly, drivers operating smaller vehicles should be careful around these no-zone areas when near an 18-wheeler truck. It’s important that cars keep a safe distance between themselves and any large truck in the area.

These safety precautions are important because no-zone truck accidents can lead to serious injuries and even fatalities. In Texas, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that there were 4,607 large truck fatalities in the year 2012. Victims in such accidents can suffer from traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, and would need plenty of assistance as they deal with recovery and rehabilitation. As such, it’s important that these victims get legal avenues to pursue compensation for the suffering and damages they’ve incurred.

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