Avoid the 'No Zones' Around Large Trucks
According to the Arizona Department of Transportation1(DOT), there were nearly 13,000 accidents involving large trucks and buses in 2015. Vehicles such as semis, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and tank trucks are capable of causing extremely serious injuries when they are involved in accidents. As a result, it is advisable for motorists to use the utmost caution when sharing the road with large commercial vehicles.
One of the best ways to be safe around large trucks is to make sure that the people driving them to know you are there. These vehicles have much larger blind spots than smaller passenger cars and trucks have, and it is important to be aware of where they are.
Driving in "no zones" significantly increases the chances that the driver of a truck will be unaware that you are there and do something that could cause a collision. As a result, it is best to stay out of those zones whenever possible. Be sure to use extra caution when you are passing or being passed by a large truck, and make sure you give larger vehicles a longer following distance when traveling behind them than you would give a passenger vehicle.A No-Zone Accident May Entitle You to Compensation
It is important for accident victims to understand that while staying out of no zones is a good idea, truck drivers still have a duty to drive in a reasonably safe manner. For this reason, people who are injured in accidents that occur while they are driving in a no zone may still be entitled to compensation for the injuries they sustain. Some of the causes of truck accidents that will generally entitle victims to recovery include the following:
- Failing to signal a turn or a lane change
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
If you have been hurt in a truck accident in or around Phoenix, you should speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Abels & Annes, P.C., we are committed to helping people hurt by the negligence of others recover for their losses. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, call us today at 602-819-5191 or contact us online.