Millions of trucks haul cargo across our nation’s roads every day. These vehicles are typically longer, taller and heavier than passenger cars, which makes them more dangerous when they are involved in traffic crashes. In 2013 nearly 4,000 people were killed in crashes with commercial trucks, and of those fatalities, 71 percent were the occupants of the passenger cars. One common cause of car and truck accidents involves what is known as the “no zone,” the area where it is difficult for drivers to either see or stop in time to avoid a crash. Experts encourage drivers to avoid these spots as much as possible when traveling near commercial trucks to prevent serious accidents and injuries.
What Is the No Zone?
The no zone is defined by the state of Delaware as the area around the truck in which crashes are more likely to occur. The areas named as no zones are:
- Directly in front. When passing a truck, it is important to leave enough room before switching back into the lane in front of the truck. Trucks cannot slow down as quickly as smaller vehicles and cutting too closely in front of a truck does not give the driver enough time to adjust speed to avoid an accident. Experts recommend switching lanes only when the entire truck is visible in the rearview mirror.
- Directly behind. Do not follow too closely behind a truck. Due to their height, trucks pose a risk for cars to underride the truck, exposing car drivers to serious head and neck injuries. Additionally, when a truck is backing up into a loading zone, the size and angle of the truck may make it difficult for the driver to see other vehicles behind them.
- Side blind spots. Commercial trucks have large blind spots on either side, where drivers cannot see any vehicles next to them. The largest blind spot is on the right side of the truck. A good rule of thumb is if car drivers cannot see the truck driver’s face in the mirror, the truck driver cannot see them.
- Wide turn radius. When making turns, trucks must make a wide berth. As drivers cut the wheels, they may not be able to see behind them. If a car pulls forward between the truck and the curb, it increases the risk of a crash.
Consequences of No-Zone Accidents
Truck accidents can have severe consequences for drivers. No-zone accidents can result in a number of serious injuries, including:
- Head trauma
- Broken bones
- Spine injuries
- Brain damage
- Lost limbs
If you or someone you love has been injured or worse as the result of a no-zone truck accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact the experienced legal team at Morris James Personal Injury Group by filling out our online contact form today.