Blind Spot Accident: Liability, Prevention & More

Truck Accidents: What is a Blind Spot Accident?

Question: What is a blind spot accident and who is liable?

Answer: A blind spot accident is a type of vehicular collision that occurs when a driver fails to see another vehicle, pedestrian, or object in their blind spot, leading to a collision.

Types of Blind Spot Accidents: Liability, Prevention & More

On this page, we’ll provide an overview of the various types of blind spot accidents, determining liability in a blind spot accident, causes of damage in a blind spot accident, and much more.

Blind Spot Accident Liability Prevention And More

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that around 840,000 blind spot car accidents happen annually in the U.S., leading to more than 300 fatalities.

The severity of injuries from these accidents can range from minor to severe, depending on the specifics of the collision.

Some critical factors that may cause a blind spot accident include:

  • The size and type of the vehicle: Larger vehicles like semi-trucks have bigger blind spots compared to regular cars, making them more prone to accidents.
  • Lack of awareness: Drivers not being aware of their blind spots or not making necessary adjustments, such as correctly positioning mirrors and checking over their shoulders when changing lanes, can lead to blind spot accidents.
  • Lack of blind spot monitoring systems: Although these systems are becoming more popular in modern vehicles to detect objects in blind spots, not all vehicles are equipped with them.

If you’ve been involved in a blind spot accident and suffered injuries as a result, contact TorHoerman Law using the chat on this page to receive an instant case evaluation.

We’re here to assist you every step of the way in pursuing justice and compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are no zones around trucks where the truck driver has limited visibility, often leading to blind spot accidents if other drivers stay in these risky spots.

After an accident involving a truck’s blind spot:

  • Make sure everyone is safe.
  • Call the police.
  • Seek medical attention if needed.
  • Consider reaching out for legal help to understand your options for seeking compensation.

Knowing how blind spots work helps you drive more safely around large vehicles and can support your legal claim if you’re involved in an accident caused by these dangerous zones.

Yes, you may have specific legal options available when recovering from road accidents caused by a commercial vehicle’s no zone or due to driving safety being compromised by poor visibility.

Professional advice can provide crucial guidance on traffic laws and help protect your rights while seeking justice and compensation following an accident with trucks with limited visibility.

Table of Contents

Defining a Blind Spot Accident

A blind spot accident occurs a driver fails to see another vehicle, pedestrian, or object in their blind spot, often occurring during lane changes or reversing.

Cause of Damage in a Blind Spot Accident

Cause of Damage in a Blind Spot Accident

Lane changes often cause blind spot accidents, but they can happen in other ways, too.

This becomes even more important for truck drivers due to their large vehicle size, which can cause serious damage in the event of an accident.

Common causes of damage in a blind spot accident include:

  • Merging Blind Spot Incidents: When merging onto a highway, especially during rush hour, it is important to remain aware of blind spots or “No Zones” of large commercial trucks.
  • Reversing Blind Spot Mishaps: Backing out from parking spaces or driveways presents risks. Always double-check for cars, cyclists, or pedestrians in all four areas where your vision may be impaired.
  • Lane Change Blind Spot Accidents: The most frequent cause of a blind spot accidents. Make it a habit to double-check your side and rearview mirror.

The damage inflicted by blind spot accidents can vary depending on the specific details of the crash.

However, you may be eligible for compensation for various damages, such as:

  • Medical expenses;
  • Property damage;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Rehabilitation costs;
  • Lost wages; and
  • Other related costs.

Passenger vehicle drivers should be aware of the limited visibility of larger vehicles and avoid lingering in truck blind spots.

Respecting each other’s limitations on the road can significantly reduce blind spot crashes, making the roads safer for everyone.

Who is at Fault in a Blind Spot Accident?

When a blind spot truck accident occurs, determining who is at fault can become overwhelming, especially while you are recovering from the accident.

The process of determining liability in a blind spot accident involves carefully examining the circumstances leading up to the accident, the conditions under which the accident occurred, among other critical factors.

Determining Liability in a Blind Spot Accident

In the truck’s blind spot accidents, determining fault requires analyzing the circumstances, driver behavior, and adherence to traffic laws.

Several factors can contribute to a fault in a blind spot accident, such as:

  • Lane Changing or Merging Behavior: If drivers change lanes or merge without proper signaling or fail to check their blind spots, they may be at fault.
  • Speed and Recklessness: Excessive speed or reckless driving by any party can contribute to the occurrence of the accident.
  • Traffic Law Violations: Violating traffic laws, such as running a red light or making illegal turns, can heavily influence fault determination.
  • Weather and Road Conditions: Poor weather or road conditions can play a role, especially if drivers fail to adjust their driving to accommodate these factors.
  • Vehicle Maintenance: If a vehicle’s mirrors or other components essential for visibility are not properly maintained, this could contribute to an accident.
  • Driver Distraction or Impairment: If a driver involved in a blind spot accident was distracted or impaired, this significantly contributes to determining liability.

Legal Options Available to Victims of Blind Spot Accidents

If you have been involved in a blind spot accident, seeking a professional legal opinion is important to get the compensation you deserve.

Consider the following legal options available to victims of a blind spot accident:

  1. Insurance Claims: The initial step usually involves filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
  2. Personal Injury Lawsuit: If the insurance claim does not yield satisfactory results, the victim may consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
  3. Claims Against Commercial Entities: If a commercial truck is involved, victims might have the option to seek compensation from the trucking company. Trucking companies are often held responsible for their drivers’ actions, especially if poor training or vehicle maintenance contributed to the accident.
  4. Consulting Legal Professionals: It’s advisable for victims to consult with an attorney specializing in auto accidents. Legal professionals can guide victims through the complexity of liability laws and help them understand their rights and options.
  5. Gathering Evidence: Victims should collect as much evidence as possible, including police reports, witness statements, and photographs of the accident scene, to support their claims.

"No" Zones for Large Trucks

All large commercial trucks have four distinct blind spots, or “No-Zones,” including side no-zones, rear no-zones extending almost 200 feet from the back of the truck, and front no-zones that typically extend about 20 feet ahead of the truck.

It is important to note that all motor vehicles on the roadway possess these areas of reduced visibility; large commercial trucks, however, are much larger.

The 4 Quadrants of a No Zone

The 4 Quadrants of a “No Zone”

To promote safety on our roadways, we emphasize the importance of avoiding these blind spots by either slowing down or moving ahead of any large trucks to increase the visibility of your vehicle.

The four key areas of a blind spot include:

  1. Rear-Blind Spot: located directly behind the trailer, this blind spot extends approximately 30 feet. Anything in this zone is entirely out of the truck driver’s sight.
  2. Front-Blind Spot: The front no-zone is in front of the truck, just below the driver’s line of sight. Any vehicle or obstacle in this area is invisible to the truck driver.
  3. Left-Side Blind Spot: This blind spot covers the front left corner of a semi-truck, starting from the driver’s door and extending to the middle of the trailer. Smaller vehicles in this zone risk being unseen by the truck driver.
  4. Right Side Blind Spot: The largest blind spot on a semi-truck is on the right side due to the driver’s seat in the cab. Smaller vehicles traveling in this driver’s blind spot are especially vulnerable, particularly when the truck makes a wide right turn.

All drivers sharing the road with large trucks must know the blind spots and “no-zones” locations to avoid potential accidents proactively.

Responsibility of Drivers to Avoid Blind Spot Accidents

We all have a role in preventing accidents, especially with blind spots.

Whether you drive a small car or a big truck, taking the right precautions can make a significant difference.

Safety Measures for All Drivers

The following safety measures can reduce the risk of a blind spot accident:

1. Effective Mirror Use

Proper use of mirrors is a straightforward but essential method to prevent blind spot accidents.

Regularly checking your rearview and side mirrors expands your awareness of the environment around you.

This habit helps in identifying vehicles that may be in your blind spots, contributing significantly to safer driving practices.

2. Head Checks

A head check is necessary to see what’s in your side blind spot, which your side view mirror can’t fully cover.

To perform a head check, only your head should move, and you should look at least 45 degrees over your shoulder.

Glance into the rear door window to check the blind spot and then quickly return to looking forward.

This action should take about the same time as checking your rearview or side mirrors, or your speedometer

3. Maintain Safe Following Distance

Keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, especially large trucks, is crucial for road safety.

This space gives you ample time to respond to sudden movements or stops.

The “three-second rule” is a reliable guideline: ensure there’s a three-second interval between your vehicle and the one in front to avoid risks like tailgating.

4. Avoid Lingering in Truck “No-Zones”

Staying clear of a truck’s blind spots, known as “No-Zones,” is vital for safety.

These zones, particularly large on the right side of trucks, are areas where your vehicle might be invisible to the truck driver.

When overtaking or driving near a truck, do so efficiently and avoid staying in these blind spots.

If you can’t see the truck driver in their mirrors, they likely can’t see you.

TorHoerman Law: The #1 Blind Spot Accident Attorney

Our attorneys specialize in all types of trucking accidents to assist you with the challenges of gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and fighting in court.

  1. Experience – We have a deep understanding of truck wide right turn accident cases and the legal intricacies involved.
  2. Personal Approach – Every case is unique. We give each client personalized attention, focusing on their specific needs.
  3. No-Win, No-Fee – You only pay if we win. This shows our commitment to getting you the best outcome.

For personalized guidance in a blind spot accident, use our chat feature on this page to connect with an experienced Truck Accident Attorney at Torhoerman Law.

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Tor Hoerman

Owner & Attorney - TorHoerman Law

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