The failure of a truck driver to check blind spots can lead to serious and even deadly accidents. These injuries can be life-altering and interfere with a person’s ability to perform routine day-to-day tasks or hold a job. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a truck accident involving blind spots, you need to reach out to an Abilene truck accident attorney who can help. At the Galbreath Law Firm, we understand how to navigate even the most complex semi, 18-wheeler, and tractor-trailer accident cases. With years of experience, we will fight hard to pursue the compensation that you need to move on with your life.Holding a Negligent Trucker Accountable for a Blind Spot Accident
Large trucks like semis and 18-wheelers naturally operate differently from regular passenger vehicles. They have longer stopping distances, a larger turn radius, and larger blind spots. A blind spot denotes an area where the truck driver’s view is hindered. In other words, a blind spot is an area around the truck that cannot be directly observed by the driver through the rear view mirror or the side mirrors. Some of the main blind spots of a large commercial truck include the area located directly behind the driver and the storage area of the truck, the area located directly in front of the truck’s cabin, and the area located directly behind the driver’s window. Unfortunately, blind spots play a major role in a number of crashes involving semis, tractor-trailers, and other commercial motor vehicles.
Truck drivers have an obligation to drive safely, including checking all mirrors and all blind spots. If you suspect that your accident was caused by a truck driver’s failure to check a blind spot properly, an injury attorney may be able to help you recover damages through a negligence claim. Negligence takes place when a truck driver causes injuries or death to others on the road by failing to use the level of care that a reasonably prudent truck driver would have used behind the wheel in the same situation. For example, if the driver of an 18-wheeler causes an accident by failing to check a blind spot before switching lanes, that driver would likely be liable for the resulting injuries and property damage. This is because a reasonably prudent truck driver (or car driver) would check a blind spot before switching lanes.
Texas follows a modified comparative negligence rule, under which fault is relatively apportioned between the parties involved in a truck accident. For example, if you are deemed to be 10 percent at fault for an accident, your total damages award will be reduced by your percentage of fault (i.e., 10 percent). As an example, if your total damages award was in the amount of $100,000, you will be able to take home $90,000. There is one exception to this rule. If the defendant establishes you to be more than 50 percent at fault for an accident, you will not be able to recover any damages at all.
Once liability is established, a plaintiff may be able to recover a range of damages. Examples of damages that a Texas plaintiff can typically pursue include medical expenses, pain and suffering, physical impairment, property damage, mental anguish, and lost income. Each semi or tractor-trailer crash case is unique, and the exact amount of damages that a plaintiff will be entitled to receive will vary depending on the nature of the case.Contact a Tractor-Trailer Crash Attorney in Abilene
All vehicles have blind spots, but the blind spots on 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks are much larger. If you have been involved in an accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence, whether it involves a failure to check a blind spot, excessive fatigue, or another issue, you need to consult a skilled truck crash attorney as soon as possible. At the Galbreath Law Firm, we can meticulously analyze the facts of your case and help you seek the compensation to which you are legally entitled for your harm. We are committed to holding negligent parties accountable for the injuries that they cause. We represent victims in Abilene, Breckinridge, Brownwood, Cisco, Eastland, Clyde, Baird, Sweetwater, Snyder, Colorado City, Rosco, Anso, Albany, Haskel, Hamlin, Coleman, and Ranger Hill. To speak to us in more detail, call us at 325-437-7000 or contact us online. In case of emergency, call 325-829-8000.