Crashes involving blind spots are unfortunately common, especially with large trucks. The reason for this is because of the large size of the vehicle’s blind spot. With tractor trailers and other large trucks, there are some large blind spots of which to be aware while driving near the trucks. Some of the biggest blind spots include the spot behind the driver’s window, the spot on the right of the truck, the spot directly behind the driver, and the spot directly in front of the truck’s cab.
However, just because it is hard for tractor trailer drivers to see vehicles that are in these blind spots does not mean they are excused from liability if a crash occurs with a vehicle that was in a blind spot. Drivers have a duty to use safe driving behaviors to minimize the risks that blind spots pose. Mirrors can be a huge help in lessening the impact of blind spots. The vehicle needs to be outfitted with all of the proper mirrors, and drivers must use all of those mirrors to avoid hitting cars, bicyclists, or pedestrians on the road. Truckers can still be liable for collisions, even when a car has been driving in the truck’s blind spot.
Drivers have a duty to use safe driving practices while sharing the roads with others, and that includes making accommodations. When cars are near a large tractor trailer, the driver should give the truck plenty of space in order to avoid collisions, as well as liability for those accidents. If there is an accident, it could be damaging to the case if the car’s driver refused to give the truck the proper space it needed. If the car driver is driving in the truck’s blind spot or tailgating, the car’s driver could be held liable if a crash occurs.
When a crash does occur because of a failure to check the blind spots, the truck driver will likley be held liable. There may also be other parties responsible as well. A truck crash attorney can pursue an investigation into your case. The trucking company may have not provided a proper training program for the driver. The truck driver may not have had the appropriate licenses that are legally required. The trucking company may also not have considered whether the truck driver had the required license for the state. The truck driver could have had a bad driving record, which could have contributed to the crash.
In some cases, trucking collisions are caused because the driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. Also, the truck driver could have been sober, but may have been working excessive hours in violation of state law. Truck drivers have a huge responsibility in transporting goods and operating very large vehicles, and must use extra precautions while on the roads.
Individuals who have been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer should speak with an attorney who is experienced at handling complex personal injury cases. The attorney can help research your situation and can help you reach the best conclusion possible for your case.
If you are in the Oakland-San Francisco area and you have been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer, call the San Francisco truck accident attorneys at Liberty Law. We can help. We work with clients throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Call us today at 510-645-1000 to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.