Blind Spot Truck Accidents Can Be Avoided
While any truck accident can be extremely dangerous, there are ways both the driver and cargo company can mitigate the risk of blind spots. Electronic and mechanical safety features are available that trucking companies can install on vehicles, and drivers are provided extensive training on how to deal with blind spots while carrying loads long distances.
The bottom line is that the truck driver has both an ethical as well as a legal responsibility to keep blind spots in mind and avoid crashes. When someone is hurt in a truck blind spot collision, the driver is often (but not always) at-fault for the accident. Making the determination of who is liable is crucial to protecting your financial recovery while dealing with the immense physical challenges after a serious truck crash.
You have a legal right to pursue compensation from the person responsible for your injury. While it’s a strong possibility that the at-fault party is the driver, evidence gathered by your attorney could instead prove it is the trucking company, a loading crew, or even the manufacturer of a faulty truck part. Truck blind spot collisions may specifically occur due to negligence such as:
- Broken or missing physical safety features like side mirrors
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics
- Drowsy driving, particularly in instances of logbook violations when the driver works longer than allowed by state and federal law
- Improper training
- Negligent hiring and disciplinary practices
Talk to a Virginia Truck Accident Lawyer After a Blind Spot Collision
If you or someone you love was harmed in a truck crash, your next step after seeking medical treatment should be to contact a Virginia truck accident attorney. A lawyer can assist by tracking down and going through all the available evidence to prove the accident occurred because of negligence on the part of the driver or trucking company.