Tractor Trailer Blind Spots
The blind spots inherent to tractor trailers pose a major danger to motorists on South Carolina roads. There is enormous potential for harm to drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles in accidents involving a tractor-trailer, given the size and force these trucks wield. Anyone involved in a crash with a large freight-bearing truck should seek the advice of a South Carolina tractor trailer accident attorneys at Grimes Teich Anderson. The claims associated with both the medical costs and property damage from these occurrences can cost more than many standard automobile accidents, and without knowledge of the legal landscape victims of tractor trailer crashes may not be able to attain the benefits to which they may be entitled in South Carolina.
Blind spots will vary from truck to truck, but the following regions are at particularly high risk for moving out of sight of tractor trailer drivers:
- Immediately behind the truck
- Directly parallel to the front wheels, with greater risk on the right side (the passenger’s side of the tractor-trailer)
- Regions on either side of the rig that are close to the driver, where rear-view mirrors are unlikely to reflect other motorists
Even taking care not to drive into these zones which are more likely to be blind spots for tractor-trailer drivers, accidents can still happen if other drivers move outside the driver’s line of sight. Injured drivers and passengers of cars struck by trucks in South Carolina should contact one of our experienced tractor trailer accident attorneys to see if we can help you.
Over 83,000 tractor-trailer accidents occurred in the United States in 2015 (the most recent reporting year for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA); of these, just less than 4,000 resulted in fatalities. Commercial tractor trailers often weight thirty to forty times more than standard cars, meaning that even a single mistake can contribute to a catastrophic accident. Our trucking accident lawyers are knowledgeable in the law can protect your interests.
Drivers of commercial hauling vehicles (e.g., tractor trailers) in South Carolina are trained before being cleared to drive on how to minimize their blind spots and keep constant watch over these regions in the roads as they travel. Sometimes they don’t follow the rules of the road in South Carolina, though, cutting corners to meet demands placed on them by trucking firms. Sometimes accidents happen when the rigs being driven by truck drivers are not properly equipped for maximizing visibility on the roads, or the trucking companies they work for have acted negligently.Why Do I Need a Lawyer After an Accident with a Tractor-Trailer?
The South Carolina trucking accident lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson are experienced in handling tractor trailer accidents. Insurance companies which represent trucking companies are want to protect their shareholders’ investments, not you. They are willing to play hardball, and so are we. Some trucking companies work exclusively with drivers as “independent contractors,” which helps to distance the company from liability even if the driver of the truck was entirely responsible for the accident. If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in an incident involving a tractor-trailer rig, please call us today for a free case evaluation to see if we can help you and protect your rights.