Collisions with semi-trucks are incredibly dangerous. Trucks are large and tend to cause an outsize number of fatalities about their presence on the road. In 2014, 3,660 fatalities were involved with commercial trucks. The majority of these fatalities occurred in one of the four deadly no-zones around trucks.
A no-zone is the area around the truck that is very dangerous because of the unique properties inherent with trucks. This post will go over each no-zone and the best ways to avoid them.
The side no-zone and rear no-zone are characterized by the driver's inability to see cars near them. Due to the height of the truck (for side zones) and the tractor-trailer and hence a lack of rear-view mirrors, the driver is handicapped when it comes to their situational awareness. The driver relies on only their side mirrors for both the side and rear view. A good rule is if you cannot see the driver in the mirror, he cannot see you.
The front no-zone refers to the area in the front of the truck that is necessary for it to slow down. Many drivers do not appreciate the sheer size of trucks the concomitant extra time and distance they need to slow down. You should give trucks a wide berth in the front to give them plenty of time to slow down.
Finally, trucks need to take wide turns. You must wait for the truck to complete its turn before you begin yours.
If you were in a collision with a commercial truck, you might want to call a lawyer at your earliest convenience. A lawyer can go over the intricacies of pursuing recovery against the truck driver, trucking company, insurance companies, and every other entity involved in the accident. Yes, even a straightforward car crash can get exceedingly complicated. You don't need to sift through the evidence and documents alone; a lawyer can help ? so you can focus on rebuilding your life.