Trucking Accidents Caused by Blind Spots in Georgia

Massive trucks speeding down the highway has become part of everyday life for the American traveler. But real danger lies in being lulled into a false sense of security due to routine. An especially ever present threat is the blind spots on a rig.

Because of the sheer size of a rig the blind spots created can be like the Bermuda Triangle. Cars disappear in them entirely if the truck driver wasn't aware of his surroundings beforehand. Ironically it is this same size differential that serves to increase the injury of the passenger car commuter while decreasing the injury to the truck and its driver. The statistics bear out this conclusion with almost 95 percent of the fatalities from tractor trailer accidents coming from the smaller cars rather than the rig.

The Four Main Blind Spots or "No See Zones" on a Tractor Trailer
  • (1) The driver's side: This is typically the smallest but can easily make a car traveling side by side with the cab unnoticeable

  • (2) The passenger side: This is by far the largest. Often it can extend the entire length of the truck and encompass several lanes of traffic. A trucker runs the risk of driving cars off the road when changing lanes if vehicles occupy this area.

  • (3) The back: Tailgating or travelling too close to the back of a truck is a dangerous choice. The rule of thumb is that if you can't see the driver's mirror they can't see you. Remember, a rig doesn't have the benefit of a see-through rear window.

  • (4) The front: The driver's seat sits up so high and the engine compartment can be blunted. A large area right in front of the driver can easily conceal another car on the roadway making recognizing brake lights impossible.
Who is Liable?

Often, with trucking accidents resulting from blind spots the question of who is to blame is unclear. This type of uncertainty on the surface creates a legally triable issue and can thwart collection on a valid claim without proper legal counsel.

Many issues need to be considered when weighing litigation and trying to determine which party was a fault, or if it was combination of both parties' behavior that causes the accident. Additionally, liability issues not only need to be considered, but they also need to be proven by evidence of sufficient credibility. That is a skill only the experienced trial attorney can do well.

Some questions an attorney may ask in these cases include:

Was the truck equipped with the proper mirrors? Were the mirrors unreasonably small or unclean, exacerbating the blind spot problem? Was the truck unlawfully oversized increasing the scope of the blind spots?

Was the car tailgating the truck? Or vice versa? Any allegation that the driver couldn't see the brake lights will be torn to shreds if the rig was travelling too close that road conditions could safely allow.

How well accustomed was the driver to the blind spots? Did he have a bad driving record? Was he unlicensed? Was he an undertrained rookie? Were unsafe driving methods the standard for the company?

Seek Out Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer

The crash itself is overwhelming enough, rely on a seasoned advocate to preserve and pursue your rights. If you or someone you know has been injured by a tractor trailer contact the Persons Firm by calling 770 424 5125 immediately for a free consultation.