If you have been injured in a truck accident, you should contact the Berenson Law Offices. Particularly if you were in a trucker’s blind spot when you were hit, the trucking company’s insurance carrier will often try to blame to you or minimize or excuse its own legal liability. This kind of blame-shifting happens all too often when accident victims are not represented by a good injury lawyer. Contact experienced truck accident attorney Bill Berenson to ensure that you are well represented throughout the process.Avoiding Blind Spots
Most of us are aware that large semi-trucks have a blind spot and we do our best to stay out of that general area. However, staying out of a trucker’s blind spot is not always possible because we cannot control the truck driver or always know whether he can see us.
A truck driver that begins to change lanes into your path likely does not see you., Flash your lights or honk to alert the driver that you are occupying the lane. Also, slow down or move into an adjoining lane, after checking that it is clear of traffic, to get out of the way.Where Are a Trucker’s Blind Spots?
Sometimes stickers on the back of trailers alert drivers to the areas where the driver is unable to see. However, this is not always the case. Generally, semi-trucks have three main blind spots.
The first, and largest, blind spot is directly behind the truck. If a truck driver suddenly stops while a driver is in this blind spot, the car can end up underneath the semi-truck. These accidents, called underride accidents, can be extremely dangerous due to the fact that the roof of the car is often crushed as the car slides underneath the truck.
The next largest blind spot is on the right side of a truck, in the rear. While the truck driver does have a mirror, the mirror only allows him to see some of the right side of the truck. A car that occupies this space when the driver suddenly switches lanes may be crushed by the truck’s wheels, slide underneath the truck’s carriage, or be forced off the side of the road.
Finally, the left rear of the truck is also a blind spot. Because the driver is on this side of the truck, and the truck is equipped with a side mirror, this is the smallest, but still dangerous, blind spot.
A blind spot explains the reason for these crashes, but is not an excuse from liability. Truckers have a duty to look out for motorists who may be in their blind spots. An accident lawyer can help Fort Worth residents who have been involved in these truck crashes pursue compensation.Have You Been Involved in a Truck Accident?
Trucking companies typically claim that blind spot accidents generate “shared liability,” which means that both parties are at fault for the accident. In these situations, the trucking company’s insurance provider will attempt to blame the driver of the car. This could defeat an otherwise valid claim, and mean the driver recovers nothing.
Our accident lawyer aggressively counters this blame-shifting tactic. We prove that the truck driver had a duty to account for potential blind spots before switching lanes, turning, or slamming on his brakes and that the accident would not have happened but for his failure to do so.
If you have been involved in a semi-truck accident in the Dallas Fort Worth area, you should contact a skilled personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of William K. Berenson. Fort Worth blind spot accident attorney Mr. Berenson has almost 40 years of successful experience taking truck drivers and trucking companies to court and recovering for his clients. As an attorney who has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for the majority of his career, he will fight aggressively for you, and will not rest until he has done all he can to secure the recovery amount you are entitled to under the law. Contact the Law Offices of William K. Berenson online or by phone toll free at 1-888-801-8585 or locally at 817-855-8000 to set up a free initial consultation today.