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What to know about blind spots, trucks and motorcycle wrecks

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2023 | Motorcycle Accidents

You will see motorcycles and large commercial trucks almost every time you go somewhere. Unfortunately, big trucks like this pose a serious risk to motorcyclists. One of the biggest risks is if the commercial truck driver cannot see the motorcycle. 

There are blind spots on every side of large commercial trucks (i.e., semis, big rigs, 18-wheelers). Even passenger vehicles can get “stuck” in these areas, which increases the risk of an accident. Unfortunately, this is even riskier for motorcyclists. 

Sometimes, a truck driver may not believe they are acting dangerously or negligently when causing an accident. They may suddenly merge into another lane without seeing the motorcycle that is present because they are traveling in a blind spot. They may also brake too late, not seeing a motorcycle directly ahead of them. 

Stay safe by passing the large truck

If you are riding your motorcycle and believe you are in a truck’s blind spot, don’t panic. Just remember you should not remain in that spot too long. 

Most large trucks will not be able to travel at the same rate of speed as a small motorcycle, which means, when safe, you should pass the truck. If this is impossible, reduce your speed to fall behind the truck far enough that you will not be in a blind spot. 

If you are a motorcyclist and involved in an accident with a large truck, the injuries you may sustain can be serious and even fatal. If you find yourself in this situation, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses. It is best to learn your legal rights to find out what must be done next to protect your future interests.