Blind Spots and How They Quickly Lead to Truck Accidents
You’re driving along in your passenger vehicle when, suddenly, you are involved in a serious truck accident. Across all of West Virginia, trucks dominate the roads due to the fact that they are taking products from one place to another. Because of their work in transportation and the integral role they play in our society, we can’t live without the trucking industry. However, they also cause some of the most catastrophic and even deadly accidents. As such, we want to take better measures to ensure that these accidents continue to decrease on our roadways.
According to statistics, truck accidents are no stranger to West Virginia roads. In fact, according to data taken in 2014, 348 vehicles were involved in fatal crashes across the entire state. These accidents take place for a variety of reasons, some of which are the fault of the truck driver and some of which happen due to the negligence of the motor vehicle driver. When you’re riding along on the highway, there is no doubt that, at some point, you might drive alongside a commercial truck. This could actually lead to a situation that you didn’t even know was dangerous.
“No Man’s Land” on Commercial Trucks
“No man’s land,” also known as a truck’s blind spot or a no-zone on a truck is an area where the truck driver is unable to see you. This is one of the most dangerous spots for you to be for any period of time and can lead to some of the most horrific truck accidents that occur on our roads. To understand why these zones are so large on a truck, you have to understand that commercial trucks are quite large. The length of most commercial trucks is anywhere from 70 to 80 feet long, with some being even longer. Truck drivers who are in these large vehicles have limited visibility on the sides of their vehicles. This is also true for spots behind or in front of the vehicle.
When you are in a small sedan, it could be nearly impossible for the truck driver to see you. Trucks are very far off the ground and might not even see you in front of them, especially if you disappear from their vision. Truck drivers rely on their mirrors and what they are able to see so, if you are following too closely and you don’t appear there, there is a chance that you will not be seen.
To prevent these accidents, motor vehicle drivers are supposed to take measures to ensure that they are thoughtful of truck blind zones. This means never cutting in front of a truck or bus under any circumstances, never driving alongside a truck, and trying to pass trucks on their left sides only when you are safely able to do so.
You’ve Been Injured… Now What?
If you have been injured in a truck accident that took place in a truck driver’s blind spots, you might have questions concerning liability and how you will move forward with your case. These cases become a matter of, “Did the truck driver know that the driver was there?” or, “Did the driver of the vehicle contribute in some way?” Any truck accident in West Virginia requires special care and an attorney who has experience in these cases. At Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner, we are here for you through one of the most difficult times of your life. Contact us to find out how we can assist you in the midst of your case at 304-431-4050.