Big trucks like semi-tractor trailers have big blind spots that increase the risk of an accident. This is especially true during the summertime when more drivers, including less-experienced teenage drivers, are on the road. These blind spots, also called “No Zones,” are far larger than an automobile’s blind spots. Drivers need to remember that if you can’t see the truck driver’s face in the side-view mirror, he will not be able to see you. Drivers are cautioned to steer clear of a truck driver’s blind spots – particularly on the sides – as a tractor trailer needs twice the time and room to stop.
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently began a new summer campaign called “Teens and Trucks” to highlight the importance of driving safely around large trucks. The months between May and August are unfortunately noted for the most teen deaths due to auto accidents. People from 16 to 24 years old were the biggest group affected, and 4,000 of these youths died from large truck accidents.
“Do not expect that having a driver’s license is a right that comes without responsibility or risk,” said Steve Keppler, Executive Director of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). “Be accountable for your actions, spread the word to your friends and parents, and help create a culture of safety. Most importantly, take the driving task seriously. You never know the impact you can have that ultimately could save your life or someone else’s.”
From partying at prom and graduation to going to a summer job or enjoying a road trip, teens must be aware of not lingering in the “No Zone” or darting in and out of traffic to rush to their destination. Pulling behind a tractor trailer can be dangerous as a trailer can brake suddenly and cause a rear-end collision. Pulling in front of them prematurely can be deadly too. Drivers need to have the whole front of the big rig in their rear-view mirror before pulling in front of them and be sure not to slow down. Otherwise, the chances for a collision increase.
“We want everyone to be safe, but as newer drivers, teens must adhere to a few simple rules,” said Anne Ferro, Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. “They are: buckle up, don’t drink and drive, don’t speed, don’t text or use your phone, and steer clear of a truck’s blind spots.”
In Illinois, summertime means lots of outdoor activities and travelling to enjoy time with family and friends. The fun can be abruptly cut short by a big rig accident. If you or a loved one have been injured in a big rig accident as a result of another driver’s negligence, a Chicago truck accident attorney will help you pursue compensation for your injuries. Chicago truck accident lawyer Paul A. Greenberg has years of experience helping clients get payment for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other costs from the guilty party. As a SuperLawyer recipient, he is respected by colleagues, insurance companies, and the judiciary as an outstanding lawyer serving the Chicago and Illinois community. The team at Briskman Briskman & Greenberg are experts at determining who is at fault and handling all the legal matters, allowing you to focus on healing and getting back to your normal routine.