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Woman Injured In Local County Truck Crash

Theresa D. Culberson, 41, of Jackson, Missouri was moderately injured in a Cape Girardeau Missouri truck accident on September 26, 2011 at 6:59am. The Missouri truck accident occurred on U.S. Highway 61, south of Route C.

Culberson was driving southbound on US-61 in a 2004 Mercury when a 1982 Kenworth tractor trailer pulled out of a private driveway in front of her. Culberson crashed into the trailer unit. Culberson suffered the only reported in the Cape Girardeau Missouri truck accident. She was transported to the Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

Motorists should be alert whenever operating a motor vehicle near a tractor trailer. While tractor trailers are equipped with multiple mirrors to help the truck driver see the roadway, the truck driver’s ability to see other vehicles is far less than ideal. Tractor trailers have massive blind spots – deemed “No Zones” by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), an arm of the United States Department of Transportation.

Tractor trailers have more No Zones than typical passenger vehicles. For example, passenger car drivers may be able to see a person walking directly in front of their vehicle. Tractor trailer drivers cannot, on account of the large No Zone in front of tractor trailers. Tractor trailers have No Zones on either side, the rear, and the back. The FMCSA warns that the side No Zone on the right is particularly dangerous because tractor trailers make wide right turns. Motorists should avoid the No Zones of tractor trailers to avoid serious injury or even death.