Blind Spot Truck Accident Lawyers Serving Hurt Washington, DC Drivers
Our Washington, DC truck crash attorneys know how to win your claim
Driving alongside a big rig or behind an 18-wheeler on a Washington, DC highway can be unsettling. Every 18-wheeler has blind spots, and if the truck driver isn't careful enough or is being negligent, you could get injured in a devastating collision. Our Washington, DC truck accident lawyers understand the dangers of blind spot truck crashes and will hold reckless truckers responsible for their negligence. If you've been hurt or a loved one was killed in a blind spot crash with a tractor-trailer, a Washington, DC truck wreck attorney can help you recover damages for medical expenses, lost income, damage to your car, pain and suffering, and more. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm today for a free consultation.
Washington, DC truck crash lawyers explain blind spot collisions
The area right in front of, directly behind and along each side of an 18-wheeler are considered blind spots, especially if you're driving immediately to the right of the tractor-trailer. Even if you're following the rules of the road and driving carefully, you could end up in a blind spot crash with a big rig and sustain serious injuries. Some of the more common injuries drivers sustain in blind spot truck accidents include:
- Head and brain injuries
- Lost limbs
- Broken or fractured bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
If you're lucky enough to walk away from a collision with an 18-wheeler, you still may be severely or permanently injured and go through a lot of pain and suffering. While the driver or the trucking company may try to say the crash was your fault, many blind spot collisions are due to truck driver error or negligence.
If you're driving near a tractor-trailer and you can't see the driver's eyes or face in the cab's side mirrors, you are likely in a blind spot and at risk of getting hurt in a collision. In order to avoid a blind side crash with a big rig, our Washington, DC truck accident lawyers recommend you:
- Keep a safe distance between you and the tractor-trailer: If you tailgate or ride the rear of a big rig, you could slam into the back of the trailer if the driver needs to stop quickly.
- Give plenty of room when changing lanes: If you are changing lanes in front of an 18-wheeler, be sure to leave plenty of room before you pull in front of it. If you look in your mirrors and can see both headlights on the tractor-trailer along with some ground between the big rig and your car, you should have enough room to change lanes.
- Use your turn signals: Big rig drivers need to know what other drivers are doing so they can properly react. If you change lanes in front of or alongside an 18-wheeler without signaling, the driver might not see you and collide with your vehicle.
- Never pass on the right: The biggest blind spot on a tractor-trailer is on its right side, so if you need to get around an 18-wheeler your best bet is to pass on the left.
How a Washington, DC truck accident lawyer can help with your claim
Every driver must be aware of their vehicle's blind spots. Truckers sit higher up off the ground and operate big rigs that can weigh 80,000 pounds and be 50 feet long, making their blind spots much larger than most passenger cars. Trucking companies and the lawyers who represent them in accident claims have coined a term called the "no-zone," referring to an 18-wheeler's blind spots, but it's essentially a clever way for them to pin blame on other drivers for being in this "no-zone" regardless of who's truly at fault.
If you're in a tractor-trailer's blind spot and you have a collision with that big rig, the crash isn't automatically your fault. There are many reasons why the driver of an 18-wheeler may not have seen you, including:
- Improperly adjusted mirrors
- Distracted driving
- Texting and driving
- Fatigued/drowsy driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs
Blind spot collisions with big rigs can be complex and proving who's responsible for the crash can be difficult. That's why you need the knowledge and experience of a Washington, DC truck accident lawyer to investigate the details surrounding your crash, gather evidence, and build a strong case that insurance and trucking companies won't be able to ignore. Don't let them push you around, and don't let them try to say the accident was your fault when it wasn't. If you've been injured or a loved one was killed in a blind spot truck crash, fight back -- contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm today for a free consultation.