Blind Spot Truck Accident Lawyers in Dallas
The larger the vehicle, the larger the blind spot. Semi trucks have a higher risk of becoming involved in an accident due to a blind spot than almost any other vehicle on the road. The most dangerous areas of a truck are the lower left and lower right portions of road behind a vehicle. For this reason, drivers are not advised to drive in these areas. Sometimes though, moving out of a truck’s blind spot is not a possibility. Even when drivers are passing with care, accidents can still occur.
Large commercial vehicles can weight upwards of 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. An accident between a semi-truck and a regular passenger vehicle that weighs about 4,000 pounds can be fatal. One of the things that drivers can and should do is honk their horns if they believe that a truck is drifting or making a move into their lane. This can warn a trucker that a car is near, even if they do not see it. A dangerous result of truck blind spots is forcing a passenger vehicle to overcompensate to avoid a collision. By doing so, a driver may swerve into another lane or veer off of the road. Often, these corrective actions can cause harm as well.
As a general rule, if you as a driver cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s side mirrors, then the truck driver probably cannot see you either. This is a good indicator of safe zones surrounding a commercial vehicle, although it’s not fool proof. The second a truck driver decides to change lanes, you may get caught, with seconds left to decide what your next move is going to be.
WHERE ARE A TRUCK’S “NO SEE” ZONES?
One area that drivers should avoid staying in is the area immediately behind a semi truck. This “no see” zone is one of the largest, so drivers should keep ample room in between them and the truck in front. One accident that can result from the rear blind spot is an underride accident. Although trucks are now required to come equipped with an underride bar, passenger vehicles can still become trapped under the back portion of a truck in the event that the truck stops suddenly. These accidents can result in decapitation. The next largest no-see zone is the lower right area outside of the truck. This includes the area even as far as two lanes over. The elevated cab of most 18 wheelers also makes it difficult for truckers to see vehicles immediately in front of them. This is important to keep in mind when traveling next to a large truck.
Blind spot accidents are commonly deemed “shared liability” which means that the truck driver and the driver of the passenger vehicle are both partially responsible. In order to avoid liability wrongfully being shifted onto you, you need the assistance of a strong truck accident attorney on your side. Zinda Law Group truck injury attorneys are strong advocates of those who have been injured due to the negligence of truckers and trucking companies. To learn more about liability in blind spot accidents or to inquire about representation, call 800-863-5312 for a free consultation.