Tractor-trailer or semi-trucks are necessary and deadly machines on the highways. They compose a very small slice of overall traffic but account for a large number of fatalities. For example, in 2014 there were 3,660 deaths that were related or caused by semi-trucks. A number of these fatalities are due to passenger vehicles entering into semi-truck no-zones. This post will go over the dangers of no-zones and how you can stay safe on the road.
No-zones are areas around the truck that are exceedingly dangerous. Here is a helpful guide to walk you through the various no-zones around a truck.
First, the front no-zone is the area in front of the truck. Semi-trucks require much longer distances to slow down. That means you should avoid cutting in front of trucks because they need more time and space to slow down.
Second, the side no-zone is the area on the side of the truck. Trucks are very high up and the mirrors are unable to show the driver every angle on the side of the truck, so it is best to avoid driving next to trucks. A good rule is if you cannot see the truck driver in the mirror, he cannot see you.
Third, the rear no-zone is the area directly behind the truck. Due to the large tractor-trailer, semi-trucks do not have rear view mirrors. The driver must rely on his side mirrors to see behind the truck, so you need to give several car lengths of space to ensure that he can see you.
Finally, trucks take very wide turns. You probably noticed the caution sign on the back of semi-trucks, that isn't there as a joke. You need to allow the truck to complete his turn before taking yours or your car could get squished between the truck and the curb.
If you were involved in a semi-truck accident, you could have an actionable claim for damages. As illustrated above, trucks are very deadly machines, and if they get into accidents, they are often deadly. There are several ways to get damages, from negotiation to filing a lawsuit. A lawyer can go over the facts of your case and help you determine the best way to pursue compensation for your injuries.