Dallas Blind Spot Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured and need a blind spot truck accident lawyer, contact a truck accident attorney, contact the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100. We can begin working on your case right away. When a driver fails to check his or her blind spot, an accident with a large truck can occur. In a case involving a failure to check blind spots, a truck driver or a car driver could be held liable.
All drivers must follow the best driving practices on the road and make reasonable accommodations for one another. Car drivers, for example, should be aware that there may be areas where truck drivers are unable to see cars on the road. Knowing about blind spots could help drivers become more aware of their driving patterns and avoid collisions with large commercial trucks, tractor-trailers, and other large trucks.
A blind spot accident occurs when the driver of one vehicle does not see the driver of another vehicle, resulting in the driver of one vehicle running over, backing up into, running off the road, or side-swiping the other party. These accidents happen because the victim was in the driver's "blind spot," which is an area around a vehicle that the driver cannot see directly during operation.
Blind spots exist in all vehicles, but the blind spots on large trucks are especially large. This large area of reduced visibility poses a serious risk to those who are trapped within it. Accidents in blind spots are frequently referred to as "inadequate surveillance." These account for roughly 14% of all truck accidents.
Inadequate surveillance occurs when a driver is required to look in order to safely complete a maneuver and either fail to look in the appropriate place or looks but does not see. This could include lane changes or turns at intersections where the driver looks in the right direction but fails to see oncoming traffic.
Many accidents that occur as a result of failure to check blind spots are the result of truck drivers' direct negligence. The following are some of the reasons why a truck driver may operate their commercial truck in a negligent manner when it comes to blind spots:
Inadequate blind spot training and education, failing to properly check all mirrors and surroundings before turning or changing lanes, failing to align all mirrors prior to travel to reduce the number of blind spots, driving while distracted or texting and driving, failure of the trucking company to install the correct mirrors for the truck, driving while fatigued due to violation
Even if their client was at fault in an accident, trucker and trucking company insurance carriers typically try to avoid paying large claims to victims. Insurance companies and trucking companies will sometimes try to shift blame onto the person they hit.
Trucking companies frequently claim that the vehicle they hit failed to avoid the truck's blind spot, that the driver failed to slow down or speed up to avoid the truck's blind spot, that the driver failed to drive defensively around the truck, or that the driver they hit was speeding, distracted, changed lanes into the truck, ran a light or sign, or any other excuse to evade responsibility.
Contact our Dallas blind spot truck accident lawyer at the Law Office of Doug Goyen if the insurance company is attempting to blame you for the injuries you sustained in the trucking accident. We will negotiate with the insurance company and the trucking company on your behalf.
In a blind spot accident, another driver (or their passengers) can be seriously injured or killed if a trucker or trucking company fails to take adequate precautions against collisions. Because the average passenger vehicle weighs only a few thousand pounds compared to tens of thousands of pounds for the average tractor-trailer, even the largest car, SUV, or passenger truck is likely to sustain severe damage from a commercial truck.
In blind spot collisions between 18-wheelers and other vehicles, wrongful death and traumatic injuries are all too common. Following are some of the types of injuries that can occur as a result of a truck accident:
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injury
- Amputations and loss of use of limbs
- Back injuries
- Crush injuries
- Deep cuts and lacerations
- Facial injuries including eye injuries
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Serious bruising and contusions
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
Texas law allows drivers to recover damages incurred as a result of a truck accident. This can include things like:
- Medical bills past and future
- Lost earning capacity past and future
- Pain and suffering past and future
- Mental anguish past and future
- Disfigurement past and future
- Loss of services past and future
- Property damage to your vehicle, including rental, towing, storage, and total loss
- Physical impairment
- Loss of consortium
- Wrongful death damages in cases with fatalities
Medical bills are frequently a significant component of personal injury claims. Compensation can be made for both past and likely future medical bills. This could include surgery as well as other treatment.
Many accident victims do not consider lost wages when considering filing a claim after being involved in an accident. Lost wages, on the other hand, can be a significant hardship for an accident victim. Some injuries are so severe that a victim is unable to work or is limited in what he or she can do. This reduces the amount of money that people can earn to support themselves or their families. If this is the case, a truck accident attorney can help you file a claim for your lost wages.WHAT TO DO AFTER A BLIND SPOT TRUCK ACCIDENT
- Seek medical attention.
- Notify the police and your insurance company about the accident.
- Obtain the truck driver's name, employer's name, insurance information, and contact information.
- Collect any evidence you can, such as photos of the accident scene and your injuries.
- Make a list of any witnesses names and contact information.
Call our offices right away if you've been in a truck accident. Our dedicated attorneys will immediately initiate an investigation into your accident and begin documenting the ways in which your injuries have affected you.HOW WE CAN ASSIST FOLLOWING A BLIND SPOT TRUCK ACCIDENT
Our reputable personal injury attorneys are dedicated to assisting crash victims in obtaining the compensation they require following a serious blind spot truck collision. Please contact a blind spot truck accident lawyer at the Law Office of Doug Goyen directly for your free consultation. Our truck accident attorneys are here to assist you.