How to Avoid Blind Spot Truck Accidents in Knoxville

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In Knoxville, Tennessee, truck drivers must meet strict qualification requirements to obtain a commercial truck driver's license. They are subjected to stringent tests, including road tests, medical exams, and alcohol and drug tests, to ensure they are as qualified for the job on the road as possible.

But despite all these efforts, there is no way to guarantee that there will be no accidents. Unlike operating smaller vehicles and cars, driving fully loaded trucks can be challenging. Even the best-trained and experienced drivers can face a truck accident.

Understanding the limitations of trucks, such as blind spots and maneuverability in traffic, can help reduce the chances of truck accidents. Below, we will explain why blind spot truck accidents happen and how to stop them.

Why Do Blind Spot Truck Accidents Happen?

Human error is the most significant issue when it comes to blind spot truck accidents. A blind spot refers to an area or zone around a truck where other road users vanish from a truck driver's view. These zones can be at the vehicle's front, sides, or back.

A blind spot truck accident occurs when a truck hits a vehicle hidden in a blind spot. This commonly occurs when the truck driver swings for a turn or moves to another lane. There are some factors that contribute to blind spot accidents, including:

  • Limited visibility
  • Length of the truck
  • Road and weather conditions
  • Improper lane changes
  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Dangerous driving habits like driving in blind spots and tailgating

How to Avoid Blind Spot Truck Accidents

Blind spot truck accidents can cause serious injuries and traffic fatalities. In addition, these accidents put everyone using the road in danger. Learning how to avoid blind spot truck accidents can benefit you and other road users. Follow these tips:

  • Maneuver carefully. First, avoid driving in blind spots as much as possible. Use the left side to pass a truck quickly so you don't stay too long in the blind spot.
  • Leave adequate space when passing the truck. Make sure you can check the truck in your back view mirror before passing.
  • Never cut off a truck by slowing down or pulling in front of the truck.
  • Be extra cautious when making turns.
  • Follow trucks from a safe distance.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Be patient and stay focused on the road.

How a Knoxville Truck Accident Attorney Can Help

If you or someone you know has been involved in a blind spot truck accident, a Knoxville truck accident attorney can help identify liability and file a compensation claim against the at-fault party. The truck accident attorneys at The Law Offices of G. Turner Howard III have years of experience handling truck accident cases in Tennessee. They will help you pursue your rightful compensation.

Contact us online to discuss your case details with our lead attorney, G. Turner Howard III.

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