Blind Spots and Truck Accidents

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Litigating Truck Accident Cases Throughout Florida

Truck drivers may collide with other vehicles if they fail to check their blind spots. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our truck accident attorneys represent victims in Spring Hill and the surrounding areas who have been injured by careless truck drivers. Our lawyers are seasoned legal advocates with extensive experience in complex truck accident cases. We can provide you with the representation and guidance you need to assert your rights. Contact our office today to discuss how we can help you.

Blind Spots

Trucks are some of the largest vehicles on our roads and highways, and consequently, have much larger blind spots compared to other vehicles. A blind spot is an area that a driver cannot see through the vehicle’s rear view or side mirrors. Trucks have blind spots, or no-zones, on all sides of the vehicle. If another vehicle lingers in one of a truck’s blind spots, the truck driver may not see it and could potentially crash into it. Blind spots can be particularly dangerous when a truck driver attempts a wide or swinging turn.

A car driver or motorcyclist can take steps to avoid accidents that may result from a truck’s blind spots. A motorist can:

  • Avoid tailgating or following the truck too closely.
  • Refrain from lingering in any of the truck’s blind spots.
  • Maintain his or her speed when passing a truck and only get in front of it when the truck is visible through the rear view mirror.
  • Avoid squeeze plays, or driving in the space between a turning truck and the curb.

If a truck driver strikes a vehicle in a blind spot, the injured party may be able to hold the driver liable for injuries.

Blind Spots and Truck Accident Liability

Truck drivers must exercise reasonable care when they drive. This includes being particularly careful when turning, switching lanes, or slowing down, which is when a truck could strike a vehicle in its blind spot. If a truck driver fails to check the truck’s blind spots before making a turn or other maneuver, he or she may be liable for injuries that result from his or her negligence.

Prevailing in a negligence claim requires that a plaintiff prove the following:

  • Duty to exercise reasonable care;
  • Violation, or breach, of the duty of care by some act or omission;
  • Causation of injuries; and
  • Damages attributed to the injuries.

If the plaintiff can prove the driver breached his or her duty of care and caused their injuries, the driver can be liable for damages. Additionally, the driver’s employer may also be vicariously liable if the driver’s actions were within the scope of the driver’s employment and the actions were in furtherance of the employer’s interests. If other factors, such as fatigue or inadequate training, played a role, an employer may be directly liable if a plaintiff can establish negligence.

Blind spot accidents may raise the issue of comparative liability. A truck driver can blame you for the crash. If you are partly responsible, you could still recover damages. A Florida jury can determine each party’s percentage of fault, and you can recover damages even if you are mostly responsible for your injuries.

Obtaining Evidence

It may difficult, in some cases, to obtain evidence in a truck accident. Intentionally lost, destroyed, or otherwise “spoiled” evidence can hamper your ability to prove your case. Florida courts may sanction a party who causes spoliation of evidence, but taking proactive measures to assert your claim may help procure important evidence.

Recovering Damages

Once liability is established, you may recover economic and non-economic damages for your injuries, such as lost wages, past and future medical expenses, and pain and suffering. If you lost a relative in a fatal truck accident, you may initiate a claim for wrongful death to potentially recover for your relative’s medical and burial bills, among other damages. Florida has strict time limits as to when you can file your claim. An experienced personal injury attorney can advise you regarding your rights.

Truck Accident Representation North Tampa

The Brooksville truck accident lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC are experienced personal injury advocates with over 50 years of collective legal practice. Our attorneys have represented clients in a number of complex truck accident cases. We can provide the personalized client service and aggressive representation you need to get results in your case. Call us today or contact us online and we will arrange a consultation at no cost.

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