It’s no secret that every vehicle has blind spots, but these blind spots are so large that entire vehicles can hide in them, increasing the likelihood of a blind spot truck accident. Trucks such as 18-wheelers are so massive that a blind spot may run the entire side length of the vehicle.
Being in a motor vehicle accident involving a truck can cause devastating consequences and irreparable damage. There are a variety of reasons why truck accidents caused by blind spots occur, ranging from the trucker’s inattentiveness to improper positioning of side-view mirrors.
The dangers of trucks’ blind spots are quite obvious, but what many victims of blind spot-related truck crashes do not realize is that obtaining compensation after this type of truck accident will not be easy, largely because the trucker will most likely deny his or her liability and it is extremely difficult to prove the truck driver’s fault in a blind spot-related accident, especially if you are not represented by a Kansas City truck accident lawyer.
Here at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., our experienced blind spot truck accident lawyers can help you determine the value of your personal injury case and help you construct a successful legal strategy to establish the truck driver’s negligence and sue the trucker and/or his or her trucking company.
While most people do realize that trucks’ blind spots pose danger to their safety, many of them have no idea that these blind spots are basically a huge area around the truck in which the trucker simply cannot see other vehicles. These blind spots are located in the front and the back of the truck as well as its left and right sides.
Unfortunately, not all truck drivers in Missouri and elsewhere in the U.S. position their side-view mirrors in a way that allows them to see other vehicles lingering in blind spots. For a driver of a passenger car, having his or her side-view mirrors positioned incorrectly is not as bad as having poorly aligned side-view mirrors on a truck, because a driver of a passenger car can always manually turn his or her head to see if there are other vehicles in the blind spot. Truck drivers, meanwhile, will only see the back of their vehicle’s cargo cabs if they turn in their seats.
There are many other hazards that exist in the trucking industry that make it very likely for truck drivers to cause blind spot-related truck accidents. For example, it’s probably no secret at this point that there are many fatigued and drowsy truck drivers on our roads and highways. A tired, sleepy, or fatigued truck driver is even less likely to properly check his or her blind spots in side-view mirrors.
In addition to that, driving an overloaded or improperly loaded truck can exacerbate the problem of blind spots, because a trucker may not be able to avoid hitting another vehicle in the blind spot simply because the overloaded truck is uncontrollable and difficult to maneuver.
Rush hour and bad weather conditions also increase the likelihood of a blind spot truck accident. Still, you may be able to hold the truck driver and/or his or her trucking company liable for all the damages caused by the crash. Talk to our skilled truck accident lawyers at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., to schedule a free consultation.
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