Semi-trucks have four main blind spots known as no-zones. These areas are found up to 20 feet in front of the truck, the large space behind the passenger door, a smaller area behind the driver door, and a long space directly behind the truck. Accidents frequently happen in these danger areas for many reasons; however, recovering for medical bills, lost wages, and property damages is possible even if your accident occurred while you were in one of these no-zones. An attorney can help you understand why these types of accidents occur and who may be held liable.
Why No-Zone Wrecks Happen
Just as you avoid driving in a vehicle’s blind spot, it’s important not to linger in a truck no-zone. In general, if you can’t see a driver’s face in his side mirror, he can’t see you. However, the truck driver has a responsibility to constantly monitor who is entering and exiting his blind spots.
Although motorists can be cautious and safe while traveling in and around these danger areas, other factors may complicate the situation and result in a devastating accident. These include a truck driver’s:
- Inadequate driver training
Additionally, because the trucking company is responsible for the actions of its employees while they are on the clock, you may be able to hold the trucking company liable for the accident and any resulting damages.
Build a Successful Case With a Trusted Attorney
A large truck can weigh 10,000 pounds or more, and that weight—combined with the dangerous no-zone blind spots—creates the potential for a catastrophic wreck. If you were recently hit by a large truck while traveling through a blind spot, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. The team at The Holton Law Firm can explain your options for financial recovery and how your presence in a no-zone does not excuse a truck driver from his part in the accident. Start by calling us today.