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Truck Maintenance – Blind Spot Mirrors

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A blind spot is the area of a road that cannot be seen while looking forward or through a rear-view or side mirror. A blind spot can be eliminated by overlapping side and rear-view mirrors or by adding another mirror with a larger field of view – a blind spot mirror.

If you were seriously injured by a semi changing lanes on the highway or roadway and you suspect he or she did not have a clear view of the lane, call The Truck Accident Attorneys of the Garcia Law Firm to discuss your case. Large trucks are required to have appropriate mirrors to make it safe when they switch lanes. If this driver was in violation of any safety laws, we will discover what went wrong.

Overview
Many freeway collisions are caused by changing lanes while looking over the shoulder to see if the adjacent lane is open. Trucks have large blind spots (or non-zone areas). The larger the truck, the larger the blind spot. A tractor-trailer has two blinds spots - one in the front and one in the back. If you cannot see the truck driver, the truck driver cannot see you.

A blind spot mirror can literally save lives. Blind-spot accidents cause property damage, severe injuries and death to thousands of people each year, according to the U. S. Department of Transportation. A blind-spot mirror allows truckers to see sidewalks, curbs, and any hazard that might be close by.

The Blind Spot Mirror
This mirror is fitted within a truck’s side-view mirror; it can help reduce the number of accidents involving a blind spot. Ford has created a blind spot mirror on some of their vehicles. It alerts the driver by sounding an audible warning and illuminating an indicator in the side-view mirror. This mirror reduces side swiping, and backing and turning accidents. Unfortunately, a vast majority of the trucks on the roads and highways today, were not manufactured with this safety feature.

Proper mirrors are needed for a large 18-wheeler truck when it is on the roadways. The driver must have a clear view of the lane he or she wants to switch to before doing so.

If you think a “blind spot” caused your accident with an 18-wheeler, let an experienced truck accident attorney at The Garcia Law Firm evaluate truck maintenance records and determine who was responsible for this serious accident. Call us today at (800) 281-8515 and set up a free, confidential consultation. Remember, you don’t pay anything until we win your case.

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