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Important Facts About Blind Spot Truck Accidents


How to Avoid Commercial Truck Blind Spot Accidents -- Insight From the Best Rideshare Attorneys

Driving a large truck comes with big responsibility to drive safely, though it also comes with many blindspots 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 in their blind spots. Below, our experienced team of truck accident attorneys from West Coast Trial Lawyers break down the four blind spots that large commercial trucks have so that drivers sharing the road with these vehicles know when they are visible to these larger commercial vehicles and when they are not.

Prevent Truck Accidents - Don’t Drive in These 4 Commercial Truck Blind Spots


  • Don’t drive wiithin 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 so large and a truck driver is located so 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 recommended to drive at a suitable speed. It is also important to not make quick and abrupt stops when driving in front of a large truck - because of their size, they brake at a slower rate. They might not be able to stop in time and rather than simply rear-ending you, your vehicle can be taken over completely by the truck. 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 just below and behind the window adjacent to their door. The driver’s seat is located on the left-hand side of the commercial vehicle. When driving side by side with a commercial truck, if you are adjacent to the driver’s door and window, or close to the 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 them trying to signal.  Never drive adjacent to the window on the drivers side of the vehicle to avoid being crashed into and/or being caused to swerve into other lanes traffic, both of which can have dire consequences.
  • Don’t drive on the right-hand side of the commercial truck. There are often warning signs on the back of a truck stating to not drive on the vehicle’s right-hand side. This is important because they cannot see you because the driver is located on the left-hand side of the vehicle and can mostly only see from their left-hand rear view mirror. Commercial trucks do not have back view mirrors because the sheer size of the vehicle would not allow the driver to see the road from the mirror’s view anyhow. Semi and 18 wheeler truck drivers depend on their side view mirrors to see vehicles on either side of them. You should not drive on the right-hand side of the lane because if that drive of the truck decides that they need to merge into the right-hand lane, they will collide with you and/or cause you to swerve into other lanes of traffic. Both situations are very dangerous. 
  • 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. You should always drive at a safe distance of more than 30 feet when behind a commercial truck. If you are driving too closely behind them when a commercial truck comes to a sudden stop, you may not be able to stop in time and end up in a horrid accident that could be fatal as the front of your car is completely damaged and could even end up partly below the truck itself. 

Determining Liability In Multi-Vehicle Truck Accidents


Determining liability after a trucking accident when multiple vehicles are involved is a nightmare. Not only are commercial truck accidents catastrophic from an injury perspective, they are also complex from a legal standpoint, because multiple parties can all be held liable. Commercial truck accidents can be caused by many circumstances. Depending on the specific circumstances, either the truck driver, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, and other drivers can all be held liable for the accident. 

It is important to note that a driver, or multiple drivers, can also share some degree of responsibility for causing a trucking accident. However, an injured driver who is found partly responsible for causing a trucking accident may still be able to recover some damages. California is a comparative negligence state, which means that an at fault driver may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages, even if they were partially at fault for causing a trucking accident.

Available Damages for Injuries Sustained From a Truck Accident


An experienced truck accident 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


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

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
Punitive Damages

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% 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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