Semi trucker shares big rig freeway blind spots

Posted at: 04/20/2013 8:55 PM
Updated at: 04/21/2013 10:00 AM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Last Sunday there were four crashers within a two hour period near Rio Puerco outside of Albuquerque.

One of those crashers involved a semi-truck that reportedly crashed into a SUV and killed a 6-year-old.

A trucking association says nearly 75 percent of, “All crashes involving semis are unintentionally caused by the person driving the smaller vehicle.”

KOB Eyewitness News 4’s Jill Galus rode around with a professional truck driver to learn what semi truck drivers can and cannot see on the road.

They’re monstrous in size compared to standard cars, yet semi-trucks are side by, sharing the same highway.

For 26 years, Don Logan’s been driving big rigs cross-country and today he’s gearing up for a ride through Albuquerque.

But this High of the ground the view also comes with a lot challenges.

"I'm just trying to eliminate my blind spots, and the biggest blind spot that we have to eliminate is the one on the passenger side that runs the whole length of the tractor and about four lanes of traffic over,” he said as he leaned over his stearing wheel. 

Looking into his mirror it’s obvious the view is blocked.

"About three out of four crashes involving a large truck, they were unintentionally initiated by the passenger car,” Logan said. “And 35 percent of those the car was in one of the trucks four blind spots."

"They need to pass on our left side because that is our smallest blind spot."

And if you’re a tailgate driver, watch out.

"It can take a fully loaded truck a football field and a half or three quarters to come to a complete stop,” he said. "Goal is to get home safely just like everyone else."

No charges were filed in last Sunday’s crash.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s office says the driver of the semi-truck rear-ended a vehicle that had slowed down to pass by another crash.