Drivers of passenger vehicles in Colorado and across the country intuitively know quite a bit about the huge commercial trucks — 18-wheel rigs, tractor trailer behemoths and so forth — that are occasionally in close proximity with them on state and national freeways and other busy thoroughfares.
For starters, there’s this: They’re frighteningly large and obviously nothing to be trifled with. In the most literal sense, they are to be steered clear of.
And the implications of an accident between a commercial vehicle and far smaller car or truck are clear enough, to wit: If your car or passenger truck collides with a large truck, you lose.
Notwithstanding some generalized knowledge regarding big rigs and immediate appreciate for the devastation they can wreak in a crash, though, some overview information on the inherent dangers posed by commercial trucks that appears on our personal injury website at Vance & Larson candidly conveys this: Many passenger-vehicle drivers in Colorado and elsewhere don’t know much about one particular factor that makes big trucks especially dangerous.
That is the so-called “no-zone” areas immediately surrounding a large truck in front of it, on its sides and in its rear.
Collectively, those areas are of heightened concern for drivers of smaller vehicles that are within them, because those motorists are essentially invisible to commercial truckers.
Knowing that large blind spots exist for truck drivers is critically important knowledge that routinely saves lives and avoids crashes resulting in serious injuries.
Conversely, being ignorant of that fact and operating a smaller car or truck within a no-zone area routinely contributes to state and national crash/injury data that is at once sad and alarming.
As we note in the information presented on this subject matter on our site, persistent public educational efforts aimed at promoting greater awareness among motorists regarding truckers’ outsized blind spots will hopefully contribute to a measurable reduction in no-zone accidents.
We hope that this post advances that goal.