A large number of car accidents involving semi trucks occur when a driver fails to check their blind spots.
It is the duty of all drivers to follow best driving practices and to accommodate other drivers when necessary. For example, it is important for the driver of a car to understand that there are certain blind spots or areas in which it is impossible for a truck driver to see another smaller vehicle. Drivers need to be aware of driving patterns and to be cautious in order to avoid accidents with trucks.
Blind Spots on Large Trucks
Every driver should be aware of a truck driver’s blind spots. The main blind spots to be aware of include:
- The front of the cab.
- Behind the truck driver’s window.
- On the right side of the truck.
- Directly behind the storage area and behind the driver.
Truck drivers should adopt certain safety measures to minimize the risks posed by blind spots. They should use all the mirrors on the truck to see the cars in their blind spots and be extremely careful while changing lanes. Truck drivers may be held liable for an accident even if the car was in the no-zone area around the truck. If you or a loved one is involved in a blind spot accident, contact a Chicago truck accident attorney to investigate the no-zone areas around the truck and see whether or not the truck driver met the duty of care.
Liability in Truck Blind Spot Accidents
In order to avoid liability in a Chicago automobile accident, it is important that the car driver gives sufficient space to a truck when driving. In case of an accident, when a jury checks the video surveillance and finds that the car driver did not provide ample space to the truck, the car driver may be held liable. In many cases, the truck driver is liable for blind spot accidents. It is possible that the truck driver did not have adequate training and caused an accident as a result. Both the truck driver and the truck company could be liable for its failure to provide proper training to the driver.
Chicago Accident Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in a truck accident, discuss your case with a Chicago accident injury lawyer to determine liability and receive compensation for damages for your injuries and property damage. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166 for a free consultation.