Truck Accident Lawyers in Atlanta Warn Drivers About Blind Spot Dangers


August 23, 2017

Our Experienced Truck Accident Attorneys in Atlanta Warn Georgia Drivers About Blind Spot Crashes 

There is a simple rule of thumb to avoid getting stuck in a truck driver's blind spot when driving near or around 18-wheelers. You must be aware that the truck driver cannot see you if you cannot see the truck driver's face in his or her side-view mirrors.  If you or someone you love was injured in a large truck crash because the driver failed to clear the blind spot, the truck accident attorneys at Montlick & Associates can advise you on your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.

Blind spots surround large trucks and exist along each side of the truck, especially on the right side. A car will drive into a blind spot if it gets too close to the rear of the large truck. Additionally, the space immediately in front of the truck is a blind spot for the drive because of the height of the cab. Although the truck driver is responsible for making certain that the lane is free when changing lanes, getting stuck in the driver's blind spot could convince the driver that the coast is clear before changing lanes. 

Pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists are also susceptible to suffering an injury or being killed in a blind spot collision with a tractor-trailer truck. A person is most vulnerable when caught on the right side of the truck when it is executing a right-hand turn because of the angle and path of travel of the truck as well as its height. These two factors make it very difficult for even a cautious truck driver to avoid a collision at times.

In fact, even the most careful truck driver who is alert, not fatigued, or impaired in any way can lose a car or person in a blind spot. Thankfully, technology is evolving to help drivers detect the presence of an object in his or her blind spot. For example, mirrors positioned on the fenders, particularly the right one, give drivers a wider field of vision. However, these mirrors are not foolproof and can become dirty and obscure the image from the driver. Also, the atmospheric conditions, including darkness, will reduce the reliability of these mirrors or render them useless depending on the conditions. Consequently, other developments have been proposed to make driving near a tractor-trailer safe. One proposal suggests fastening side-impact guards on the underside of the truck. Another one advocates for using side-impact warning systems that detect the presence of an object in the truck's blind spot, which can alert the driver to the presence of danger.

Reducing the number of side impact collisions, which are incredibly dangerous, is vital to making roads safer. The height difference between the truck and typical passenger car makes underiding, a serious situation in which a passenger vehicle goes underneath a tractor trailer, a distinct possibility. Underride accidents are often deadly, even if the occupants of the smaller vehicle are restrained, as the impact area is normally around the occupants' heads.

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If you have been injured in any type of truck accident involving someone else's negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today to learn about your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights. Montlick & Associates has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-three years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Our truck accident lawyers in Atlanta have been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast for over thirty-three years.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Sources:

https://www.ntsb.gov/safety/safety-recs/RecLetters/H-14-001-007.pdf

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