If you have been injured in a truck accident, you should contact the Berenson Law Offices. In accidents involving large trucks, particularly if you were in a trucker’s blind spot when you were hit, the trucking company’s insurance carrier will often try and transfer responsibility towards you, minimizing or eliminating its own legal liability. This kind of blame-shifting happens all too often when accident victims are not represented by a Fort Worth blind spot accident 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, it is not always possible to stay out of a trucker’s blind spot because we cannot control the truck, and we may end up driving where a trucker cannot see us.
If a truck driver begins to change lanes into your path, you should flash your lights or honk to alert the driver that you are occupying the lane. If this doesn’t work, slow down to get out of the way, because there is no telling whether the truck driver sees you.Where Are a Trucker’s Blind Spots?
Sometimes you will see stickers on the back of trailers letting drivers know what areas the driver is unable to see. However, this is not always going to be the case. But generally speaking, semi-trucks have three main blind spots.
The first, and largest, blind spot is directly behind the truck. This means that a truck driver is not necessarily going to be aware of a driver if that driver is directly behind the truck. If a driver is in this blind spot, and a truck driver suddenly stops, 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. A blind spot accident lawyer can help Fort Worth residents who have been involved in these accidents pursue compensation.
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 some of the right side of the truck to be seen.
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 of the blind spots.Have You Been Involved in a Truck Accident?
Blind spot accidents can result in “shared liability,” which means that both parties can be at fault when an accident occurs under these circumstances. In these situations, the trucking company’s insurance company will attempt to blame the driver of the car. This could defeat an otherwise valid claim, and mean the driver recovers nothing.
If you have been involved in a semi-truck accident in the Metroplex area, you should contact a skilled personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of William K. Berenson. Fort Worth blind spot accident attorney Bill Berenson has over 36 years of successful experience taking truck drivers and trucking companies to court and recovering for his clients. As an attorney who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, he will fight aggressively for you, and will not rest until he has done all that he can the 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 with a blind spot accident attorney in Fort Worth today.