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Injured in a Truck Blind Spot Accident?

A blind spot in a commercial truck is never just one single spot. A blind spot is an entire area on either side of a vehicle in which the driver is unable to see what is happening. Semi-trucks are much larger than standard cars and their blind spots are bigger too. If a truck driver cannot see a car in their blind spot an accident could potentially be catastrophic. If you or someone you love was in a truck blind spot accident, contact a Grand Junction truck crash attorney to discuss your legal rights. You may be able to seek compensation.

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Why Blind Spots are So Dangerous

Semi-trucks have more blind spots than regular vehicles. They are not equipped with a rearview mirror. This means they have a harder time seeing cars around the truck when they need to change lanes or make a turn. Truck drivers are also much higher above the roadway than those who drive passenger vehicles. The height difference can skew the view of the driver. If a sedan gets in a blind spot accident with a semi-truck, the sedan is outweighed by around 75,000 pounds. Such an accident could very possibly be fatal or result in catastrophic injuries that require a lifetime of care.

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The Four Trucking Blind Spots

The four trucking blind spots are also called “no zones.” If you drive in a no zone, a truck driver cannot see your vehicle there. The four blind spots of an 18-wheeler are:

  • The area 20 feet in front of the truck’s cab
  • The area 30 feel straight behind the truck’s trailer
  • Down the sides of the truck extending back at about a 45-degree angle
  • Immediately below and behind the driver’s window

Those are the “no zones.” Sometimes they are impossible to avoid on the road because you must pass a semi-truck. Drivers should never linger in one of these blind spots for longer than they absolutely must. You should always pass a truck on the left side, and not the right side, of the truck. The blind spot on the left side is actually shorter than the one on the right.

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Who is Liable in a Truck Blind Spot Accident?

Truck accidents are often multi-vehicle collisions because semi-trucks take up so much of the road. The 18-wheeler drivers are trained to specifically watch out for other motorists’ safety, but many times other motorists do not pay attention to the truck’s “no zone.”

If you got in an accident when you were in a semi-truck’s blind spot you may be at fault. If a truck driver does not clear their blind spots before maneuvering on the road it can result in a devastating accident. Truck blind spot accidents can be legally complicated. Sometimes they require investigations to determine who was at fault. It is possible the liability falls on one or more entities. That may include:

  • The driver of the 18-wheeler
  • The company for which they drive
  • Truck manufacturers and parts manufacturers
  • Truck maintenance companies
  • Government entities who are responsible for dangerous roadways

Truck blind spot accidents are typically a result of a careless driver. A professional accident attorney will be able to investigate and assess who was negligent.

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Hire a Truck Blind Spot Accident Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a semi-truck you may be entitled to compensation for the damage to your property, your bodily injuries, medical bills, and lost income. If you choose to hire Peters & Nolan, LLC, to represent you, we will demand you receive the financial damages owed to you while you focus on your recovery. We have the drive to advocate on your behalf with the skillset to build a strong case for you.

Call us today to schedule a consultation with our Grand Junction truck blind spot accident attorneys at (970) 243-4357.

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