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Trucking Accidents and Blind Spots

By Luke Dow on April 26, 2018

Driving behind a semi-truckCatastrophic auto accidents can occur anywhere, but they tend to be most common when large truck are involved. The injuries sustained in large truck accidents can be severe and debilitating, resulting in disability or even the loss of life.

Our Austin, TX auto accident lawyers have helped countless families who have been involved in accidents with large trucks. In some cases, the blind spots of these large vehicles directly cause or contribute to the collision. Let’s explain why this is the case.

About Blind Spots

Blind spots refer to that part of the vehicle that may not be visible in your mirrors. Even if you spend a long amount of time adjusting rearview and side mirrors, there will wind up being just a bit of space around the rear and side of the vehicle that may be difficult to see.

Given the presence of blind spots, motorists are instructed to turn their head in order to check their blind spot while changing lanes, merging, or making turns. For normal passenger vehicles and pickup trucks, checking your blind spot isn’t that difficult.

Large Blind Spots with Semi-Trucks

Of course, semi-trucks are not mid-sized sedans or hybrids. They aren’t even SUVs. Tractor-trailers and other large or elongated vehicles have massive blind spots. These are unavoidable simply given the realities of these types of vehicles, their size, and the limited angle of sight a driver has while behind the wheel.

Truck drivers usually won’t be able to see motorists directly behind them and along certain parts of the side of the vehicle. Even if a truck driver turns their body, a blind spot will be present.

Dangers to Other Motorists

When a large truck is merging, turning, or changing lanes, any vehicles caught in the blind spot will wind up being struck by the large truck. Sideswipe accidents are dangers since both vehicles may wind up losing control during the side collision. One vehicle may get run off the road, which can cause catastrophic injuries.

These kinds of collisions are even deadlier for motorcyclists. A sideswipe accident with a motorcycle can cause the motorcyclist to get run over by the large truck, which could result in fatal injuries.

How to Stay Safe Around Large Trucks

Whenever you’re driving around large trucks, it’s important that you remain within the truck driver’s line of sight as much as possible. Be sure to drive behind or in front of large trucks when you can help it. Avoid driving beside a large truck unless you are in the process of overtaking it on the road.

During nighttime, dusk, rain, snow, or foggy weather, be sure to have your headlights on to alert the truck driver of your presence. Being seen and noticed by the truck driver will help prevent a collision from occurring.

Your Legal Options Following a Collision

If you or someone that you care about has been seriously injured in a large truck accident, it is of the utmost importance that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible. The truck driver may have been negligent in checking their blind spots during the collision. If that was the case, you can seek damages from the trucking company to cover medical expenses, vehicle damage, and other hardships associated with the collision.

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer

For more information about your legal rights and options following a catastrophic truck accident, be sure to contact a truck accident lawyer today. Our legal team is here to help you in your time of legal need.

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