Trucking Accident Blind Spot Attorneys
Although there are a huge number of factors that can lead to a semi-truck accident taking place, sometimes these accidents happen simply because a driver fails to properly check his blind spots, unintentionally cuts off a passenger vehicle and/or suddenly performs a lane switch. When truck drivers carelessly change lanes in this way, they can cause devastating injuries.
If either you or a loved one has been injured in a blind spot trucking accident, The Truck Accident Personal Injury lawyers at The Doan Law Firm will provide you with the care, compassion, expertise and full legal resources you need to pursue your rightful compensation.
Our firm provides a free no obligation initial consultation in order for you not only to have your most pressing questions answered in a no pressure situation, but also to discover the merits of your case as well as your best path forward.
If you desire our services, we’ll take your case on a contingency basis, meaning that you don’t pay any legal costs upfront or throughout the duration of your case. Instead, we earn our fee only after obtaining a successful outcome on your trucking claim, through a small percentage of the settlement we win on your behalf.
In other words, if we fail to obtain a successful outcome on your trucking claim, you’ll never owe us a dime.
Blind Spots Pose Serious Hazards
Several years ago, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a study investigating the causes of truck accident. The organization’s report revealed that insufficient observations by semi-truck drivers (i.e. not checking their blind spots) lead to 15% of large wrecks! In fact, out of all the semi-truck accidents taking place within the United States, over 20,000 of them had happened due to truck drivers failing either to conduct a proper survey of their surroundings or to check their blind spots.
The problem is that a normal car can essentially disappear into a semi-truck’s blind spots due to a semi-trucks sheer:
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Thus, good truck drivers avoid blind spot accidents by constantly remaining vigilant of four critical areas:
- Any vehicles traveling on the driver’s side of their truck;
- Any vehicles traveling in the passenger’s side “No See Zone(S);”
- Any vehicles traveling behind the truck;
- Any vehicles that are traveling in front of the truck
In summary, because passenger-side and driver-side blind spots almost span the entire length of the semi-truck, they are particularly dangerous. Additionally, because truck drivers lack the benefit of a rear view mirror, traveling behind one can pose serious risks. Last, because truck drivers are sitting extremely high off the ground, they could overlook the brake lights of vehicles traveling directly in front of them. Always be careful when traveling in the vicinity of a large semi-truck!
Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies Should Be Held Accountable For Their Negligence
Commercial truck drivers have an inherent obligation to exercise a reasonable standard of care when operating their semi-trucks and trailers. We believe this standard includes extreme attentiveness to other drivers and their surrounding areas. Thus, when there’s are injuries, and even deaths, as a result of a truck driver failing to check his blind spots, victims and victims’ families deserve to receive compensation.
There are usually four elements that need to be established by victims to be able to succeed:
- Actual damages resulted from the accident requiring compensation;
- The truck driver’s negligence led to an accident and the victim’s injuries;
- The truck driver had a duty to exercise a reasonable standard of care while driving;
- The truck driver breached their duty of care by engaging in careless conduct or failing to check their blind spots
Rather than simply going after the reckless truck driver, it’s also possible to hold the trucking company partly responsible for the trucking accident, especially when the trucking company (the “entity”) has failed to provide proper training or supervision to the truck driver at fault. The trucking company may have also either continued to employ a truck driver with a record of poor driving or hired a truck driver that had an unsafe driving record, despite that fact.
If it’s discovered that the trucking company did any of these things, then both the truck driver and the trucking company are directly responsible for the accident. Even if the trucking company did nothing wrong, victims still have the ability to hold the company accountable if there was carelessness involved in the accident. It’s called vicarious liability when it’s proven that the truck driver was acting within the scope of their employment at the time of the trucking accident rather than on a “private errand.”
Victims who successfully prove negligence may be able to receive compensation from any/all the defendants that the court deems liable. The types of damages typically sought include:
- Any future medical expenses;
- Costs for rehabilitation;
- Emotional distress;
- Lost wages and income;
- Property damage;
- Pain and suffering;
- Present as well as past medical bills
In order to assert a right for compensation, clients must ensure that their compensation claim is filed within the statute of limitations, or proper timeframe after the accident. This statute varies from case to case, but followings its guidelines are essential for receiving any compensation for injuries, and even death.
As you can see, blind spot trucking accident claims are complicated. They require the resources, compassion and experience of a firm that will fight the truck driver and trucking company from start to finish. The Doan Law Firm promises to do that and more for each and every client. We have the experienced trucking accident personal injury lawyers and the full resources of our firm to do so.
Contact The Doan Law Firm
The Doan Law Firm has both the professional obligation and the financial resources to investigate your accident and pursue your claim until you’ve received the maximum possible compensation for your claim. Our firm takes personal injury claims throughout the country and handles serious trucking accidents of all types.
There are times that victims may not be fully aware of the full extent of their injuries and the full extent of the losses they’ve incurred either now or in the future. Since there are strict statutes of limitations in many states, it’s imperative that you have specialized legal counsel on your side immediately after your accident. If your injuries have left you unable to travel, the lawyers at The Doan Law Firm will travel to you no matter where you are, whether it’s to your place of business, your home, or to your hospital room.
Please contact us at any time 24/7/365, no matter the time of day or holiday. Our experienced trucking accident personal injury lawyers are available to take your call no matter the time of day or holiday at (800) 349-0000. We look forward to helping you soon.
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