Truck Accidents and Blind Spots: What You Need to Know
Involvement in a truck accident can have a wide range of consequences for all parties, especially when the accident is caused due to reckless driving. When operating a regularly-sized motor vehicle, it is imperative you do your part to remain aware of the truck’s blind spots. Trucker drivers are operating vehicles that are more than seven times the weight of a regular vehicle, and accidents can be catastrophic.
If you have fallen victim to a truck accident due to the driver or another third party’s negligence, you are owed compensation for your damages. Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers has over 45 years of experience in the world of personal injury, which means an actual shot at getting the compensation you need to start fresh. To speak to a real truck accident lawyer today, please fill out our contact form or call our office at (617) 391-9001.
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Understanding and Avoiding a Truck’s Blind Spots
18-wheeled trucks are large, heavy, and require specialty drivers who operate on a strict schedule. You may have noticed while driving behind one that the backsides of the vehicles are plastered with warning signs about the driver’s potential blind spots. While these warnings do not clear the driver of any liability, they are important to remember for everyone’s general safety.
There are four widely recognized blind spots on a commercial truck, also known as “no zones.” These spots include the following:
- In front of the truck’s cab
- To the right of the truck, behind the cab
- To the left of the truck, right below the driver’s side window
- Immediately behind the truck
It is best practice to remain at least 80 feet away from the truck at all costs to avoid a potential collision.
Available Damages for a Truck Accident
If you are involved in a truck accident due to someone else’s reckless behavior, the team at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers is here to help. Not only will we file your claim for you within the mandated window, but we will also collect and assess any relevant evidence to begin establishing negligence and proving liability. When your claim is filed, we will do everything in our power to get you a settlement worthy of your injuries. This includes, but is not limited to, compensation for the following:
- Lost wages due to missed work
- Past, present, and future medical bills
- Emergency hospital visits
- Rehabilitative or physical therapy
- Prescription medications
- Property damage to your vehicle
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Anxiety and depression
When you file a claim on your own behalf, you are running the risk of an unworthy settlement offer or even a dismissed claim. Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers have a well-documented success record when it comes to getting our clients the compensation they need, and we would love to do the same for you.
Consult a Truck Accident Attorney About Your Accident Today
Don’t try to take on the insurance company alone. Our team at Sweeney Merrigan Personal Injury Lawyers, including co-founding partner and Super Lawyer J. Tucker Merrigan, has devoted our careers to getting our community the justice they deserve for their accidents. We believe in a people-first approach and will be there by your side every step of the claim process, from the initial case evaluation to the final settlement. We’re even prepared to take your case to court if need be.