Truck Accidents

Truck Accidents in the No-Zone

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Personal Injury, Truck Accidents | 0 comments

One of the best advice for motorists to avoid truck accidents is to keep out of a truck’s “no-zone.” The “no-zone” is a blind spot, and most commercial trucks have four of these, located at:

  • The area right in front of the front bumper of the truck
  • Directly behind the truck’s trailer
  • A small area on the driver’s side of the cab
  • A larger area on the passenger side of the cab

According to the website of Kankakee-based firm Spiros Law, P.C., these are directly at the rear of the truck-trailer, directly in front, slightly behind the cab on driver’s side, and the right side of the truck. These no-zones also apply to buses in general.

In case of truck accidents where the other motorist was in a no-zone, it could be argued that the driver had no liability because the motorists should not have been in the no-zone in the first place. According to the website of The Ausband & Dumont Law Firm, this could be true under certain circumstances, especially if the other driver was driving recklessly such as cutting lanes, tailgating or overtaking on the right. But if it was a case of being in the wrong place, wrong time, the truck driver could be held at least partially responsible for any injury sustained by another driver or passenger in an accident.

Truck drivers are held to a higher standard when it comes to road safety because they carry the bigger stick. Driving a truck requires a special license that is beyond what the average driver needs to get. Truckers are well aware of the no-zone and should give other motorists a wide berth. If an accident results because the driver change lanes abruptly, braked suddenly, sped up, or made a right turn without warning, these are instances that the driver was clearly at fault and negligent. A motorist who has been mowed down by an 18-wheeler is sure to have some hefty medical bills and a long recovery period, so it is just right that they get compensation for the costs. If you or a family member sustained injuries from being in a truck accident, ask a personal injury attorney what to do next.

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Truck Accidents Due to Truck Defect or Malfunction

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Personal Injury, Product Liability, Truck Accidents | 0 comments

Being involved in a truck accident is no joke, and it is unfortunately not rare. According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, one person dies ever 13 minutes as a result of a motor accident. When it comes to truck accidents, especially those involving 18-wheelers or big rigs, the fatality is usually someone other than the truck driver. Because accidents involving large trucks are often so devastating, truck drivers in the US are held to a higher standard than other motorists. They are required to have a commercial driver’s license, and to get that the driver has to have a clean driving record.

But because truck drivers usually get paid by the distance, and carriers need to put in the mileage as well to make money, making sure that the vehicles they are driving are in good working order is not always a priority. Maintaining a big rig can be time-consuming, and safety inspections are not always carried out as thoroughly or regularly as it should be. As a result, accidents can happen because the truck malfunctioned or was defective.

Under certain circumstances, a truck defect or malfunction can be said to be the responsibility of the manufacturer. A person can sue the manufacturer for injuries sustained due to a defective part or malfunctioning vehicle. An article on the website of the Law Offices of Williams Kherkher points out that such injury can be extensive, even catastrophic, and will often justify seeking compensation.

However, product liability is limited to a defect in the manufacture, or a defect in the design. If neither of this is the case, then it is possible that the accident was due to the failure of the carrier or driver to properly maintain the vehicle. In that case, it is a personal injury case against the carrier and the driver because it was their responsibility to ensure that the vehicle did not pose a danger to other motorists.

If you are ever involved in a truck accident and sustained injuries, consult with a truck accident lawyer in your area to determine if you have grounds for a product liability or personal injury claim, or both.

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