An explanation of “no-zones” around semi-trucks, Part 1

In 2014, 3,660 people were killed in collisions involving large trucks. The vast majority of the fatalities were not truck drivers. Additionally, many of these accidents were due to the reckless actions of the passenger cars, rather than truck drivers. Trucks are inherently limited in their visibility and maneuverability. These limitations coalesce around “no-zones.” This post will go over the no-zones and how you can avoid them.

A no-zone is an area around a truck in which most safety experts advise passenger cars to avoid because a substantial portion of fatal collisions occur in one of the no-zones. The no-zones around a semi-truck are divided into two categories: maneuverability no-zones and visibility no-zones. This post will address the maneuverability no-zones.

The maneuverability no-zones are further divided into two types, braking, and turning. The average passenger car driving 55 mph can come to a complete stop at about 130 feet. Conversely, the average tractor-trailer will take about 400 feet or longer than the length of a football field. Thus, safety experts advise cars to avoid cutting in front of truck drivers. You are recommended to give the driver plenty of time and space to adjust to your car merging in front of them.

Additionally, semi-truck that haul tractor-trailers are forced to take wide right turns. Trailer wheels will always take a shorter path than the front wheels, thus, to compensate truck drivers swing out to the left to complete a right turn. Many cars are caught unawares and try to pass trucks on the left and the right before the truck has completed its turn. It is advised that you wait for the truck to complete the turn before executing any passing move.

Trucks are incredibly large and powerful machines. Collisions between them and passenger cars often result in severe injuries or even permanent disabilities. If you were injured in an accident, you might want to contact a lawyer – you could have an actionable claim for personal injury. Filing a lawsuit does not appeal to some people, but it is important you don’t surrender your rights. You will need the money from a lawsuit to pay your future medical expenses; you shouldn’t be forced to pay your bills – it wasn’t your fault, you were the victim.

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