Drivers might cautiously approach a semi-truck when traveling on California highways. Concerns about safety may weigh on commuters’ minds since a tractor-trailer may inflict enormous damage in a collision. Sometimes, the truck driver might not notice a vehicle or motorcycle in its blind spot, and those blind spots could cover a significant surface area.
Semi-trucks and blind spots
Blind spots refer to those areas near and around a vehicle where the driver suffers from a restricted field of vision or outright cannot see anything at all. A driver might look into a side view mirror and not see a car occupying the lane. However, if the driver looks over their shoulder, they might see someone inside the blind spot.
With tractor-trailers, things could become more challenging since the blind spots are more significant than a traditional-size vehicle’s no-go zone. Tractor-trailers present more height and width, which expands the blind spots. Semi-truck drivers might not even notice a vehicle right in front of them since the driver’s seat is positioned higher than the average vehicle.
Drivers should approach a truck driver’s blind spot with caution. Exiting the blind spot with delays and without compromising safety seems advisable.
Dangers and blind spots
Safe driving could reduce the chances of semi-truck accidents. Sometimes, a smaller vehicle could be responsible for the crash. Tailgating a tractor-trailer places the small vehicle inside a blind spot, and such behavior reflects a reckless moving violation.
Tractor-trailer drivers should be mindful of blind spots and avoid making ill-advised lane changes or driving too fast. When truck drivers do not emphasize safety on the road, they could contribute to a collision.
Negligent behavior that causes vehicle collisions may leave the responsible party dealing with civil and criminal complaints. Accident victims may be able to recover losses from medical bills and other financial obligations resulting from the crash.