When you’re driving, you probably know that you’re not supposed to ride alongside a large vehicle or to travel too closely to it to the rear. Those areas can be blind spots, which means that the driver might have a hard time seeing you if you’re driving there.
The problem is that there is no way for anyone to constantly avoid being put into that position. There are many times when traffic is heavy, and there is no other option but to try to pass a truck or to ride along its side.
While it is dangerous to be in a truck’s blind spots, there is also no law against it. In fact, the driver has a responsibility to check those blind spots before moving into another lane. If they do not look or don’t see you, it’s still not an excuse for causing an accident.
Today, many trucks have mirrors at different angles, and those mirrors help eliminate blind spots beside the vehicle. It’s still smart to avoid those areas when you can, but if you can see the driver or their mirrors, then there is no reason that they should not be able to see you.
If a driver isn’t paying attention or moves over without looking and hits you, it’s important that you get medical care and speak with your attorney about filing a claim. You may be entitled to compensation to help cover your financial losses from the accident. Our website has more on what you should expect after a crash and how to make the most out of your claim.