All semi trucks have side-view mirrors. However, they do not have rearview mirrors and the side-view mirrors can only show them a certain amount of the road around them. This means that even though you know the semi truck is next to you, the semi truck driver may not be aware that you are next to him. The best way to gauge whether or not a truck driver can see you is to check his mirrors. If you cannot see the truck driver in his mirrors, then he probably cannot see you.
Most truck drivers are careful while behind the wheel, but there are some instances in which an accident can occur despite everybody's best attempts to avoid them. Sometimes, semi truck drivers are forced to change lanes quickly to avoid an accident ahead of them on the road. In such cases, a person driving in the truck driver's blind spot is at a risk of an accident.
Some truck drivers are not as careful, checking only briefly for vehicles around them before they change lanes. Here, too, drivers of other vehicles on the road can be at a risk of serious injury if they are in the truck driver's blind spot and he changes lanes abruptly, without double-checking for other vehicles.
Of course, the semi truck and the automobile it hits are not the only vehicles on the road. Many semi truck accidents involve more than two vehicles because the smaller vehicle is often spun out of control and into the path of other vehicles. That puts other drivers on the road at serious risk of injury, even if they are not involved in the initial collision.
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Truck drivers should also stay in the right lane as much as possible and avoid making unnecessary lane changes. Where lane changes are necessary, signaling well in advance of the change lets other drivers on the road know what the semi driver's intentions are and allows the other drivers to adapt.
Unfortunately, not all semi drivers follow these recommendations, and the result is that innocent people are seriously injured or killed when a semi truck makes a sudden lane change. A lane change may take only a second, but the consequences of a negligent lane change can last a lifetime.
If you have been injured in an accident with a semi truck, contact a lawyer to discuss your options.