Many passenger vehicle drivers in Texas assume that truckers can see them better because of their more elevated position, but this would be mistaken. Truck drivers have many blind spots, and these are called “no zones.”
Where the no zones are located
One blind spot is directly in front of truckers. While they can see far ahead, they won’t see a vehicle that is stuck close to it. Truckers cannot also see directly behind them, and it goes without saying that passenger vehicle drivers themselves won’t see in front of them if they are too close to the truck’s rear. This is how many rear-end collisions occur, and the inclusion of rear guards is sometimes not enough to prevent fatalities.
Truckers do have big side mirrors, but these do not cover every space. The sides can be no zones, especially the right side. A good rule of thumb that drivers should remember is this: If they cannot see the trucker’s reflection in the side mirror, then the trucker cannot see them either. Stay too long in a blind spot, and drivers may prevent the trucker from being able to take evasive action if a hazard presents itself ahead.
When truckers are at fault for a crash
There are times, then, when passenger vehicle drivers can be at fault for truck collisions. Other times, though, truckers may cause a crash out of negligence. They may drive while drowsy, drunk or distracted, for example. Victims of negligence can see if they are eligible for compensation under Texas law.
This is where legal assistance may come in handy. You want to know how much you might recover in compensatory damages, and you may find this out through a case evaluation. The lawyer may even negotiate on your behalf, taking the case to court if all else fails.