Both automobiles and semi-trucks have blind spots, however blind spots with semi-trucks can be extremely dangerous and are among the leading causes of accidents involving trucks. “No zones” are blind spots, just on a much larger scale. Failure to check blind spots or no zones may be considered negligent, leaving the truck driver or company responsible for an accident.
Truck no zones refer to larger blind spots present for semi-truck drivers which obstruct the view more than a typical blind spot would. There are several types of no zones you should be aware of when driving around or near a large truck:
It is also extremely important to know that semi-trucks require much more space to make turns than smaller automobiles. If you are sitting to the right or left of the truck while they are angling to swing a turn, you may be in their blind spot.
Auto and truck accidents are scary, especially if there are injuries or damages involved. If you have been in an accident, take the following steps:
Don’t panic. First, get to a safe location and ensure you and all passengers are safe and uninjured. Your safety is always the top priority.
Check yourself and passengers for injuries if you are able. If anyone is seriously injured, call 911 immediately.
Contact law enforcement to file an official accident report. Be sure to stay at the scene of the crash.
Documenting the accident is an important part of building your case. Take photos of the scene if you are able and record all details.
Collect names and information from other drivers and passengers involved in the accident, including license plate numbers, insurance information, names and contact information of any witnesses.
Even if you don’t have visible injuries, it is important to get checked by a doctor. Injuries from an accident can take days or months to appear.
Make an accident report to your automobile or truck insurance company. Don’t sign any documents or give any statements until you have spoken with an attorney.
The experienced Indiana auto accident attorneys at WKW specialize in assisting people who have been involved in accidents. Our team can help you navigate the legal process of obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Driving around semi-trucks requires greater care than with any other vehicle. Trucks are significantly heavier and larger than cars and SUVs, and the chance of an accident occurring are greater.
Truck drivers receive special training and are responsible for keeping themselves and other drivers on the road safe. If an accident occurs due to a truck driver failing to check their blind spots and no zones, you may be eligible for the following compensation:
Factors that may put an automobile driver at risk for fault of the accident include speeding, tailgating, passing incorrectly, or other unsafe, negligent behavior.
The attorneys at Wilson Kehoe Winingham have extensive experience in auto accidents and semi-truck accidents. We serve clients throughout Indianapolis who have experienced the traumatic event of a crash to receive the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one have been involved in a blind spot or no zone auto accident, contact the legal team at WKW today. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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