Pedestrian Accident in Truck Blind Spot
Motorists should be well aware of driving in a truck’s blind spot, but what about pedestrians? Individuals walking near a truck that is performing maneuvers, such as reversing, need to understand that the driver may not see them. The potential for a serious accident is high if you walk behind a reversing truck.
However, truck drivers do have a responsibility to ensure the path is clear when reversing or turning. One of the challenges that the driver faces is large blind spots at the side and rear of the vehicle. Some modern trucks have blind spot mirrors and cameras to assist with difficult maneuvers. The problem is, these aides don’t always give a full view of potential dangers.
Pedestrians Entering a Blind Spot
If a truck driver sees a pedestrian entering a blind spot, it is reasonable to assume the individual may attempt to walk around the vehicle. The driver should therefore exercise caution in order to avoid an accident. Trucks cannot stop as quickly as smaller vehicles, which should be a consideration when driving in areas where pedestrians are crossing roads.
If you see a truck reversing, it is important to give the vehicle space. The layout of certain roads and junctions may force truck drivers to reverse into crosswalks to complete a turn. Although pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks in most circumstances, if the truck driver doesn’t see you, the stage is set for an accident.
Truck Accident Lawyers & Insurance Companies
Large truck companies or associated businesses may have an aggressive legal team representing the insurance company. If you have been involved in a truck accident as a pedestrian, these individuals may claim that the driver is not at fault and you are not entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Speaking to truck company lawyers or an insurance company is not recommended. The people who are paid to represent the truck company’s interests will use legal maneuvers to cause confusion and dismay. Anything you say on a phone call can be used against you.
Personal Injury Claim
Truck accident personal injury claims are complicated. You have to consider that there are multiple individuals and entities that may share liability in an accident. The best way to determine the strength of your case is a consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Having representation means you don’t have to speak to lawyers or insurance company representatives.
There is no guarantee that you will win in a personal injury claim. The truck company will fight hard to deny liability in the accident. There are legal paths that the truck company or the driver can use to tip the balance in a lawsuit. Without adequate representation, you are at the mercy of people with extensive experience in legal areas related to truck accidents.
Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
The key to hiring a personal injury lawyer when you have been involved in a truck accident is consulting with someone who has the right experience. The potential complications in these cases can result in personal injury claims dragging out for a considerable period of time. A personal injury lawyer with experience may give you the best chance of a fast and satisfactory outcome.
If your accident happened in or around Atlanta, GA or Montgomery, AL, the Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown can provide a free initial consultation. We will fully discuss the circumstances of your accident and provide advice the strength of your case.
Call our offices today if you would like a consultation with an experienced truck accident lawyer. Entering blind spots is not always the fault of the injured party.
Posted on behalf of the Law Office of Dwayne L. Brown