The risks and dangers of commercial trucks and semi-tractor trailers on Florida roads are many in number and are evidenced by trucking accidents that result in serious personal injuries to other drivers and their passengers. Due to the size, dimensions, and design of many commercial trucks and semi-tractor trailers, there are blind spots for the commercial truck drivers that must be taken into account any time that a truck driver is on the road. Under Florida law, a truck driver has the duty to follow and obey the rules of the road. It is vital that commercial truck drivers remain alert and drive in a manner that pays close attention to the rules of the road, traffic, construction, and weather.
Truck drivers are trained to exercise caution for their blind spots. During their training, the truck drivers learn how to control the vehicle and avoid accidents while operating a vehicle that makes them unable to see a car on each side of the truck. To get an understanding of what the driver cannot see, here is a short description of each blind spot.Truck Driver Blind Spots
The truck driver cannot see what is directly in front of them. The area that the driver cannot see depends on the size of the truck cab. Usually it is at least 20 feet. While driving, if a motorist cannot see the windshield of the truck in the rearview mirror, he cannot see the motorist.
The truck driver cannot see what is directly behind him either. This area could extend 50 feet or more depending on the size of the truck and trailer. The driver must be aware that he cannot see what is going on directly behind him.
The sides of the truck create the most problems. The sides of the truck have large blind spots that cause accidents because the truck drivers cannot see a car in this area. When a truck driver changes lanes, or makes a turn. He cannot see a large area beside his truck and trailer. Regular vehicles seem invisible to the truck driver. Not surprisingly, vehicle damage and injuries occur when the truck driver does not focus on what he is doing, or when there is a car in the blind spot. These injuries can be the most severe because the accidents are more likely to happen on the highway when changing lanes.Commercial Truck Driver Responsibilities
Under Florida law, a commercial truck driver must act reasonably under the circumstances. If a truck driver is not paying attention to his blind spots, does not take the reasonable steps to ensure that he is safe, or ignores traffic, he will be liable for the damages and injuries. The commercial truck driver is responsible for his lane changes, and must pay attention to the road. When a commercial truck driver does not pay attention, the injuries can be devastating to victims and their families. The type of injuries caused by commercial trucks often leaves life-long expenses and hardship. When a regular driver becomes involved in an accident with a commercial truck, they are urged to seek the legal help they need as soon as possible.Trucking Accident Injury Lawyers
The attorneys at Wood, Atter & Wolf are ready to assist you on your truck accident personal injury case. Each partner of the law firm has over 25 years of experience representing injury victims and their families. David A. Wolf, partner of Wood, Atter & Wolf, is the author of 10 books including the book titled Big Trucks Big Problems - When a Truck Driver Wrecks Your Day and Life - Legal Rights of the Injury Victim and Family. This book has chapters on Commercial Driver License Requirements, Truck Driver's Logs, Weigh Stations, and Black Boxes, Medical Treatment and Follow Up, Insurance Issues and Common Questions, and other topics. You can get this book free at Big Trucks Big Problems.