How attorneys handle this special kind of truck accident case
Weighing five tons or more and stretching dozens of feet long, trailer trucks can be massive and unwieldy on the road. They also have numerous spots where a driver cannot see who is close to them. Things like driver height, cab design, and mirror placement can affect these blind spots, but if you find yourself caught between a truck and another vehicle, a wall or the edge of the road, it can be a harrowing experience.
Numerous auto safety boards including the NTSB have made recommendations ranging from improved mirror placements to electronic sensors to help reduce blind spots around trucks, but the danger still remains. Three of the most common blind spots are:
- Directly in front of a truck
- Directly behind a truck
- Rear passenger side of a truck
Staying out of these areas can help reduce your risk when driving by a trailer truck, but sometimes traffic conditions force you into one of these positions.
If you find yourself in a blind spot and being encroached on by a trailer truck, often the best thing you can do is slow down to try and get out of the truck’s way. This does cause a risk of a rear-end collision with the driver behind you, but if that driver is driving responsibly, they will have time to slow down as well. Changing lanes is another option, but riskier as other drivers may be in those lanes.
If you cannot evade an oncoming truck and do end up being hit, make sure to get the truck’s information including license plate, driver’s license info, and the company the driver works for. It is also recommended that you hire an attorney, because trucking companies often employ their own attorneys to help minimize the damages they pay out to accident victims.
The experienced truck accident attorneys at Mallon & McCool, LLC encourage victims seeking damages after a trailer truck accident to contact them at their Baltimore office for a free consultation. Securing the maximum possible compensation for your case is their priority.