Big trucks and buses, often referred to in the industry as commercial motor vehicles or CMVs, are different than cars, in that they have operating limitations that are different than or larger than the limitations on cars. Motorists can help prevent truck accidents and bus accidents once they recognize these limitations.
Big Truck and Bus Blind Spots
Just as you have blind spots in front of, behind, and to the sides of your car, truck drivers and bus drivers also have four blind spots. The blind spots on trucks and buses are much larger than the blind spots you may be familiar with, however.
For example, the blind spot behind a large truck is around 30 feet. Consequently, when traveling behind a semi truck or bus, you should maintain distance of at least 30 feet so that the driver knows you are there. Similarly, truck drivers cannot see 20 feet in front of their cabs. As such, you must be careful not to pull in front of a bus or truck too soon since the driver may not see you.
Obviously if you cut in front of any moving vehicle without the adequate braking room, you could find yourself hit from behind. Trucks and buses weigh significantly more than cars, and it can take up to 40% more time for a bus or truck to stop than it would for a car traveling the same speed. This can – and often does – lead to serious car crashes.
Have you ever seen the “wide turns” sticker on a truck? This signals that the truck needs more space to turn than the average car on the road. Often trucks require a turning radius of 55 feet. While the cab will bulge out into the roadway, the trailer itself may take a more narrow turning path.
Drivers should never ignore a truck with a turn signal on. Even if the truck is indicating a right-hand turn, but is not in the right turn lane, drivers should proceed with extreme caution. Many trucks need the extra room to execute the “wide turn.” Under no circumstances should a driver attempt to “squeeze through” on the right of a truck with a right turn signal on.
If You Have Been Injured in a Truck Accident
If you have been injured in a truck accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a truck or bus crash, contact the firm of Miller Kory Rowe LLP today at (602) 461-8640. We offer free consultations in our office or in your home, and don’t charge a fee unless we win your case.