Commercial Vehicle Blind Spot Accidents
Statistics show that in 2011 there were over 4,500 accidents throughout Oklahoma that involved trucks or large commercial vehicles. Of these accidents upwards of 1,700 resulted in injuries and 84 resulted in casualties. Of course, these accidents could easily be avoided by individuals recognizing the capabilities of trucks and their blind spots.
Truck blind spots consist of the area around the truck which cannot be observed by the truck driver under their current circumstances. These blind spots can be created by a number of objects including; weather conditions, vehicle design, the windshield, dashboard, location of mirrors and other features of the truck.
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Tips to Avoid Truck Blind Spots
During a typical day, most of us will travel alongside a truck of some sort. However, many of these individuals fail to recognize that these trucks have many blind spots and assume that their size allows them to have an increased visibility of the road. This assumption is incorrect and is the cause of many accidents involving trucks.
Many new drivers and drivers in general fail to recognize truckers blind spots, which can result in serious accidents where the passenger vehicle is typically destroyed. By recognizing these trucks blind spots, drivers can avoid these types of accidents. Some tips to avoid truck blind spots include:
Do Not Tailgate
Too many drivers are impatient and drive too close behind a truck, also known as tailgating; this results in that vehicle being in the trucks blind spot. Thus, when a trucker decides to make a sudden stop or maneuver, your chances of rear-ending this truck greatly increases. Driving too closely to a truck traveling at high speeds creates a great amount of wind resistance against your vehicle, along with limiting your visibility of the surrounding traffic. A safe following distance of a truck is between 20 to 25 feet behind the vehicle.
Keep Mirrors in Sight
By keeping a trucks mirrors in sight, the trucker will be able to see you, which greatly increases your chances of being involved in an accident with that truck.
Give Them Space
When changing lanes, make sure to provide plenty of space in front of the truck. Many times passenger vehicles believe they have enough space, yet fail to accelerate enough, causing an accident.
Passing A Truck
While passing a truck, avoid passing the truck on the right side. On the right side of the truck the blind spot extents the full length of the trailer and extends out a total of three lanes. When passing; be sure to properly signal and pass quickly to avoid the trucks no zone area. Note that it takes approximately 25 seconds to pass a truck and many cars may experience turbulence.
Avoid Right Side When Truck is Turning Right
A truck that is making a right hand turn requires a wide area in order to turn; this may also require extra lanes. When making a right turn these truck drivers cannot see any vehicles along the right side, therefore it is important not to attempt passing on the right while the truck is turning.
By recognizing a trucks blind spots it can greatly reduce your chances of being involved in an accident with these large vehicles. It is also advised to sound your horn whenever you may believe one of these trucks does not recognize where you are.
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Common Types of Injuries
In some cases blind spot accidents may be inevitable, thus resulting in serious damages and injuries due to the size difference in vehicles. A truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds whereas a typical passenger vehicle weight 3,000 pounds, so when collisions occur, damages and injuries are often devastating. The resulting injuries to vehicle occupants can often be life changing to all parties involved.
The most common injuries truck accident victims experience include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Facial damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic Brain Injury
In many circumstances, the accident victims are faced with enormous medical bills, long term rehabilitation, and mental fatigue related to the accident. If you or a loved one is suffering from any of these conditions, they may be entitled to compensation for their losses.
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Contact An Experienced Tulsa Truck Accident Attorney
Following your truck accident injury, you may be pressured by the attorneys of the trucking company and insurance companies to accept a settlement. While settling is not uncommon, the negotiating skills and advice of an experience Tulsa truck accident lawyer can help ensure you receive a fair and advocate settlement.
At the Edwards Law Firm, our team of accident lawyers are prepared to build a case and see it through in court. We will seek the maximum compensation amount for damages that you incurred, which may include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages or income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Loss of a loved one
- Loss of future earnings
With a long and proud history of representing injured victims throughout Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas, we have won over $100 million in successful verdicts and settlements and are ready to help you today.
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