All vehicles have blind spots. However, because of the size and magnitude of commercial trucks, commercial truck drivers are often unable to fully observe all other vehicles on the road. If you were hurt in a truck accident and the truck driver alleged you were in his or her blind spot when the accident occurred, an experienced Lafayette truck accident lawyer can protect your legal rights.
A blind spot is an area surrounding a vehicle where other vehicles cannot be observed. A commercial truck driver has four identifiable blind spots. These blind spots are located in certain areas surrounding the front, rear and sides of the truck.
Commercial truck blind spots include:
- The area immediately before the bumper of the truck.
- The area directly behind the truck.
- A large area surrounding the passenger’s side of the cabin.
- A small area adjacent to the driver’s side of the cabin.
A blind spot truck accident is also known as a “no-zone” collision. These accidents are called “no-zone” collisions because defense lawyers attempt to shift the blame for the accident to the innocent driver, alleging that the driver negligently travelled in the truck’s “no-zone.” Even if a driver was travelling in a truck’s no-zone when the accident occurred, the truck driver may still be legally responsible for the accident. In reality, most “no zone” collisions are caused by a truck driver error. Serving people in Lafayette and beyond, our truck accident attorneys are familiar with the various types of driver errors.
If you were injured in an accident involving an 18-wheeler or semi-truck, you may be able to obtain compensation for your medical costs, property damage, lost wages and pain and suffering. Under principles of comparative fault, even if you were driving in a truck’s blind spot when the accident occurred, this fact alone is not a bar to recovery. Regardless of blind spots, all drivers, including commercial truck drivers, must exercise reasonable care and caution when operating a motor vehicle.
At Broussard & David, our experienced Lafayette truck accident attorneys can investigate the cause of the accident and help you hold all negligent actors responsible. We will fight for your rights and help you and your family obtain the just compensation you deserve. To schedule a free initial consultation with a truck accident lawyer in the Lafayette area, contact Broussard & David at 888-337-2323 (toll-free) or 337-233-2323 (local).