The extended blind spots of tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles create many hazards on Bartlett’s roads. Not only must these trucker drivers be aware of their blind spots and take appropriate safety precautions, but other drivers must also take care to remain out of those blind spots whenever possible. This shared responsibility can make many claims for damages following blind spot truck collisions difficult to pursue. Because courts must evaluate the actions of all parties in a crash, it is crucial to demonstrate the other driver was not lingering in a blind spot and thus contributed to the accident.
Our team of skilled lawyers at Reaves Law Firm, PLLC have experience proving trucker liability for blind spot truck accidents in Bartlett. A seasoned 18-wheeler crash attorney from our firm can review the circumstances of your case, measure your losses, and pursue appropriate payments in settlement talks and, if necessary, in court.
The responsible operation of a commercial truck takes special care and training. These massive tractor-trailers have blind spots that stretch to all sides of the vehicle and can completely obscure smaller passenger cars. The areas directly to the side and rear of a truck are typical areas where other cars can disappear from view for long periods of time. Truckers must take special care to avoid collisions when changing lanes.
While semis have many of the same blind spots as smaller vehicles, they also have blind spots that are unique to their construction. Some trucks are so tall the driver cannot see what is immediately in front of—or in the case of solid trailers—behind them. Despite having sophisticated mirrors or cameras, these areas are prime locations for blind spot collisions. A well-practiced attorney could help determine if a failure to check a blind spot contributed to a truck crash in Bartlett.
Almost all collisions between vehicles on Bartlett roads are accidents. This means the injured party must pursue compensation based on negligence. However, this also means the court must assign blame for the accident by assessing the actions of all parties. According to Tennessee Code Annotated § 20-1-119, this requires juries to use the concept of comparative negligence.
Defendants can argue the injured party’s own actions contributed to the accident: In a blind spot crash case, a trucker may claim the other driver lingered in their blind spot and were hidden from view. The trucker may also argue the car was tailgating, not allowing the defendant to see it, and not giving the injured party enough time to stop in an emergency.
If a trucker successfully makes these claims, the jury must reduce the award by the percentage of blame they assign to the injured party. If that percentage rises to 50 percent, the court will dismiss the claim. A dedicated lawyer at Reaves Law Firm, PLLC could help demonstrate the trucker was the party liable for a blind spot tractor-trailer crash in Bartlett.
A crash with a semi-truck can leave you with devastating losses. These often include astronomical medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. While you can recover compensation for these losses if you can prove the trucker was liable for the accident, this can be difficult when the trucker alleges you were lingering in their blind spot.
Our proactive attorneys could help you pursue your claim. We can handle every portion of the case, allowing you to focus on making a full recovery. Ideally, this will result in a fair compensation package without having to go to court. Contact an experienced lawyer at Reaves Law Firm, PLLC now to discuss your options following a blind spot truck accident in Bartlett.