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Rockford truck accident lawyersCommercial trucks often measure up to 70 feet in length. Consequently, truck drivers must rely on mirrors and assistive technology like back-up sensors to see around the vehicle. Even with this equipment, it is hard for truck drivers to see vehicles or other objects in the truck’s “blind spots.” Blind spot truck accidents often lead to severe injuries and costly property damage. A personal injury claim may allow an injured person to recover compensation for these damages. However, determining liability for a blind spot truck accident is often a difficult task.  

Understanding Blind Spot Accidents

Truck blind spots are areas around the truck that the driver cannot see. If a car, motorcycle, pedestrian, or cyclist is in the truck’s blind spot, the driver may not even know that the person or vehicle is there. This can have disastrous consequences. Most driver education programs include information about truck blind spots or “no zones” and instruct drivers to stay out of truck’s blind spots if possible. Truck blind spots typically include the areas:

  • Directly in front of the truck
  • From the back of the truck to about 30 feet behind the truck
  • Behind the driver’s side window to approximately the middle of the trailer
  • On the passenger side of the truck including the two lanes to the right of the truck

Blind Spot Truck Accidents Often Involve Shared Fault

While it is hard for drivers to see objects in their blind spots, a truck driver is not automatically cleared of fault for an accident just because the other vehicle was in the blind spot. Truck drivers are expected to pay close attention to their surroundings, check mirrors before turning or changing lanes, and make adequate use of rear cameras, back-up sensors, and other technology.

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Winnebago County truck accident lawyersBeing involved in a serious truck accident can leave an individual injured, in pain, and with a massive financial burden. If you were injured in a truck accident or your loved one was killed in a fatal truck crash, you may be able to hold the at-fault party accountable for the damages incurred by your truck accident through a personal injury claim. However, to do so, you will need to prove that the actions taken by the truck driver, trucking company, or other negligent party caused your injuries. There are many different types of evidence that a personal injury attorney may use to prove the elements needed to secure compensation for you.

Event Data Recorders

Many modern vehicles, including most commercial trucks, are equipped with technology that records vehicle information. An event data recorder (EDR) or accident data recorder is similar to the “black box” of an airplane. The majority of commercial trucks have such a device. EDRs record information about how and where a vehicle was driven. Information about speed, acceleration, braking, steering, and more may be gathered from an EDR. This data can be extremely useful in a truck accident claim. However, many EDRs only store vehicle information for a certain period of time. Gathering this data before it is deleted or recorded over is crucial.

Dash Cameras and Red-Light Cameras

More and more drivers are installing dash cameras on their vehicles. If you or the other drivers involved in the truck accident have a dash camera, this footage may be a valuable source of information about the circumstances of the accident. Even if the vehicles directly involved in the accident are not equipped with dash cameras, it is possible that eyewitnesses to the accident may have captured part of the accident on their dash cameras. Red-light cameras are another potential source of information about the accident. However, obtaining camera footage and other types of evidence is often difficult – especially if the evidence vindicates your claim. Your attorney may use a “subpoena duces tecum” or other strategies in order to compel parties to surrender evidence in your truck accident claim.

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Rockford personal injury attorneys Truck accidents often lead to catastrophic consequences. If you were injured or your loved one was killed in a truck accident, you may be desperate for answers. You may have questions about how the truck accident occurred, who is legally responsible for the accident, and how you will pay for the massive costs incurred by the accident. Truck accident liability is often complex. The liable party may be the truck driver himself or herself, the trucking company, or a number of other parties. In some cases, a truck accident stems from inadequate truck maintenance and the party responsible for compensating the truck accident victims is the party who failed to properly maintain the truck.

Accidents Caused by Failure to Properly Maintain a Commercial Truck

We often assume that truck accidents are caused by driver error, however, there are many cases in which a truck driver is not the liable party in a truck accident claim. If the truck malfunctioned, improper truck maintenance could be to blame your accident. Truck companies have a legal duty to ensure that their trucks are regularly inspected and maintained. Inadequate truck maintenance can lead to dangerous defects, including:

  • Tire blowouts
  • Bald tires
  • Brake failure
  • Steering system failure
  • Broken tail lights or headlights
  • Trailer detachment
  • Defective securement devices

Proving a Truck Accident Was Caused by Poor Maintenance

Through a truck accident injury claim, you may be entitled to compensation for the costs caused by you truck accident. You may be compensated for your past medical bills as well as the future medical costs you will encounter because of your injuries. You may also be compensated for your property damage, lost income from missed work, future lost income, and reduced earning capacity. Damages in a truck accident injury claim may also include intangible losses such as your mental anguish and pain and suffering. A wrongful death claim may enable you to hold a negligent trucking company accountable for your loved one’s death and recover compensation for your loved one’s lost income, medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and more.

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