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Columbia Personal Injury Lawyer > Columbia Blind Spot Truck Accident Lawyer

Columbia Blind Spot Truck Accident Lawyer

Larger vehicles have larger blind spots. It’s that simple. Really big vehicles like 18 wheelers have huge blind spots, which increases the chances of an accident. At The Stanley Law Group, we meet regularly with people injured when a large truck smashed into them in the blind spot. This is a legally complicated case to bring, so call us as soon as possible to schedule a consultation. Our firm has a team of highly qualified Columbia blind spot truck accident lawyers who can represent you in settlement negotiations. But we first need to gather as much evidence as we can to show what happened.

Where Are the Blind Spots?

An 18 wheeler has blind spots on all four sides:

  • Front: Because the vehicle sits so high above the ground, there is a blind spot of roughly 20 feet directly in front.
  • Back: Another blind zone is in the back. This can range from 30-200 feet, depending on the vehicle.
  • Left side: The blind spot spans an entire lane on the left side.
  • Right side: The largest blind spot of all, this one spans across two lanes of traffic, at least.

When a smaller vehicle is in a blind spot, the trucker cannot see them unless he makes a deliberate attempt to crane his neck. It is quite easy to get run over when the trucker makes a lane change. Other common accidents are overrides, when a car is immediately in front of the cab but the trucker doesn’t stop.

These are serious accidents which usually happen on multilane highways at high speeds. Motorists can suffer life-altering injuries, such as:

  • Amputations
  • Crush injuries
  • Severe brain injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal column injuries
  • Chronic pain

How Can You Avoid a Blind Spot Accident?

Truckers should not change lanes unless they are confident the blind spot is clear. However, you can also employ basic defensive driving principles:

  • Pass quickly through any blind spot. Don’t linger for minutes. If you can’t pass quickly, you shouldn’t try to pass.
  • Never pass on the right. It’s illegal, and the blind spot is much too large on that side.
  • Don’t cut off a big truck. They won’t see you slide in front of them, which is a good way of getting run over.
  • If a truck begins to change lanes, use your horn to signal you are there.
  • Be prepared to take defensive action, including jumping into another lane.

There is no excuse for a negligent trucker crashing into you. Nonetheless, the above tips could save your life.

Call a Columbia Blind Spot Truck Accident Lawyer

Our legal team can sweep in and handle negotiations if the trucker is to blame for the crash. We have had success suing truckers and trucking companies for many of the most common accidents. We can go over your financial expenses related to the crash, including car repairs, lost income, and medical treatment. We can also seek full compensation for bodily pain and other losses. Call today to speak with a Columbia blind spot truck accident lawyer.

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