Blind Spot Truck Accidents
4 Tips to Avoid Commercial Truck Blind Spot Accidents
Driving a large truck comes with a big responsibility to drive safely, though it also comes with many blind spots that can interfere with safe driving. Due to the size and power of semi-trucks and 18-wheelers, drivers of these vehicles must be extra careful while on the road to avoid collisions with other vehicles, objects, and people who are in their blind spots. Below, our experienced team of truck accident attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers will break down 4 blind spots that large commercial trucks have and how a driver can know whether or not they appear visible while driving behind these trucks.
Don’t Drive in These 4 Commercial Truck Blind Spots
- Don’t drive within 20 feet in front of a truck’s cab. The cab of the truck is located on the front end that acts as the nose, grill, and bumper of the commercial vehicle. Because the cab of the truck is large and a truck driver is located high up from the ground, they cannot see what is directly in front of them for at least 20 feet. When driving in front of commercial vehicles, it is also recommended to drive at a suitable speed. You should also avoid making quick and abrupt stops since a large truck brakes at a slower rate. If a vehicle does make a sudden stop ahead of a large truck, chances are that the truck driver will rear-end you. This kind of accident can be fatal, so make sure that you drive within a safe distance of 20 feet or more when in front of a commercial truck.
- Don’t drive next to the driver’s side window. Truck drivers cannot see below and behind the window adjacent to their door. The driver’s seat is located on the left-hand side of the vehicle. When driving side by side with a commercial truck, if you are adjacent to the driver’s door and window you are in the driver’s blind spot. This is a very dangerous place to be in. If the driver decides to merge left, they cannot see you, and you cannot see their signals. Avoid driving too close to the window on the driver’s side of the vehicle to prevent an accident, such as crashing into and/or swerving into another lane.
- Don’t drive on the right-hand side of the commercial truck. There are often warning signs on the back of a truck stating that a driver should not be on the vehicle’s right-hand side. This is primarily due to the fact that a truck driver cannot see you because they are seated on the left-hand side of the vehicle and are mostly able to see from their left-hand rear-view mirror. If a truck driver is making an attempt at merging onto the right lane while you are also driving on their right-hand side, chances are you may collide into them or swerve into another lane.
- Don’t drive within 30 feet behind the back end of the trailer of the truck. When you are driving within a range of 30 feet behind a commercial truck, they can’t see you. Also, if you are driving too closely to a commercial truck, your reaction time will be cut short. For instance, the truck driver is making a full stop. You are right behind them and notice at the last second that the truck driver is braking. However, you do not have enough space nor time to react quickly and get into an accident. To avoid being put in a situation like this, you should always drive at a safe distance of more than 30 feet when behind a commercial truck.
An experienced truck accident lawyer can ensure that you are compensated for all of the damages you are eligible for by helping you each step of the way. The following are the available damages for injuries sustained in an accident:
Economic damages are intended to compensate a plaintiff for monetary losses. They are calculated by determining the amount of out-of-pocket losses an aggrieved individual has or will expect to incur as a result of the injuries that were sustained in an accident.
A few examples of economic losses include:
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Medical Bills
- Lost Wages
Non-economic damages are intended to cover losses that are thought of as subjective. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Emotional Distress
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
The third type of damages a California court may award are known as punitive damages. Punitive damages are intended as punishment and are only awarded when a defendant’s behavior is especially harmful. Punitive damages are relatively rare and in fact are only incorporated in about 5 percent of all verdicts. Furthermore, there is no real set standard for calculating and awarding punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded at the court’s discretion and will vary depending on the specific circumstances of a case.
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If you have sustained injuries as a result of a truck accident, our experienced team of truck accident attorneys at West Coast Trial Lawyers can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, including medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. No fees will be charged until your case has been settled. Call us today at (213) 927-3700 or email [email protected] to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable, caring, and compassionate legal team.