Most tractor-trailer operators are safe drivers, but it takes only one second of negligence to cause a disastrous accident in an 18-wheeler. If you are driving a smaller vehicle in one of the truck’s blind spots, you might be the victim of blind spot accident.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires truckers to monitor their blind spots carefully with mirrors and rear sensors. Failure to do so can be negligence. If such negligence causes a wreck in which you are injured, Minnesota laws allow you to file a claim for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Commercial Trucks Have Large Blind Spots
If you’re driving your car near a semi-truck operated by a trucker who does not monitor all blind spots, you might find yourself in a very serious accident. The five blind spots are also known as “no zones” and include:
- Left Blind Spot: The front one-third of the truck’s trailer.
- Right Blind Spot: The entire length of the truck’s trailer.
- Turning Blind Spot: The angle created by the cab and the trailer when a truck swings out to make a turn.
- Rear Blind Spot: The 30 feet directly behind the trailer.
- Front Blind Spot: The 10 car lengths in front of the truck.
Because of the sheer size and weight of a commercial truck, the injuries sustained in a blind spot truck accident can be extremely serious, life-threatening, or fatal. If you’ve been injured in such a wreck, your first stop should be a doctor’s office, clinic, or hospital. Your second step should a law firm, where an experienced attorney can evaluate your claim and help you to get fair compensation for your damages.
Have You Been Injured in a Commercial Truck Blind Spot Accident in Minnesota?
Our free Minnesota referral service will put you in touch with the best local doctor to treat your specific injuries, as well as an experienced, local truck accident lawyer to evaluate your claim and fight to get you fair compensation while you’re recovering. Contact us online or call 763-251-PAIN for a free consultation about your accident.