Most drivers are aware of the blind spots around their vehicles, and they make sure to check for oncoming traffic when merging, changing lanes, and making other maneuvers that could be dangerous. The danger associated with blind spots rises when drivers of massive trucks fail to exercise proper caution, which may lead to serious injuries. Little Rock truck accident lawyer Paul Pfeifer at the Pfeifer Law Firm has extensive experience representing victims of these collisions in litigation against the responsible parties. Truck drivers who create dangerous conditions on the road should be held accountable for the injuries that they cause, and Mr. Pfeifer is determined to make sure that they are.Holding a Careless Truck Driver or Company Accountable for a Blind Spot Crash
Blind spots refer to areas of the road that are not viewable from a driver’s rearview or side-view mirrors. As a result, these parts of the road need to be more closely checked by a driver with a specific glance. Due to a truck’s massive size and unique structure, they have blind spots on all sides, and with that decreased visibility comes increased danger, especially when trucks merge or change lanes. Truck drivers are responsible for making safe maneuvers, while other motorists can take certain precautions to avoid increasing the risk. For example, drivers should avoid traveling in a truck’s blind spot for too long or following a truck too closely.
Because of the multitude of blind spots that a truck driver must take into account, they need to take extra care when making certain maneuvers. When a driver fails to exercise the appropriate care, they may be held liable for the harm that they cause in a personal injury claim. A failure to check blind spots is generally a sign of negligence. Negligence exists when a defendant breaches their duty to act as a reasonable and prudent person would act under similar circumstances, and that breach causes an injury and damages. If a driver suddenly makes a turn or changes lanes without looking for other vehicles traveling in their blind spot, that driver might be found negligent if they strike another vehicle. Additionally, a truck driver’s employer might be held vicariously liable for an employee’s negligence if the driver was acting within the scope of employment. A liable defendant or defendants may be held responsible for a victim’s medical expenses, as well as lost income or earning capacity, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. In Arkansas, truck accident victims have three years from the date of the crash to pursue legal action before their claim is barred.
In truck accident cases, many different parties may be involved in collecting evidence, including truck companies, drivers, insurance representatives, and others. Due to conflicting interests, there is an increased risk of “spoliation,” which occurs when one party intentionally loses, destroys, or alters evidence in an attempt to thwart litigation. Making sure that you consult a seasoned truck crash attorney who can assist in the investigation of the collision’s cause may be vital to preserving your right to compensation.Seek Representation from a Little Rock Lawyer After a Truck Accident
After a truck crash, recovering from your injuries is your first priority. During the same time, Little Rock truck accident attorney Paul Pfeifer makes it his first priority to ensure that you receive the financial help that you need to cover the costs of treating those injuries. The Pfeifer Law Firm also represents people who need a motor vehicle collision attorney in Jonesboro, West Memphis, Conway, Hot Springs, Malvern, Batesville, Pine Bluff, Texarkana, Benton, Bryant, Fort Smith, Forrest City, Fayetteville, and Hamburg, as well as other communities in Saline, Pulaski, Miller, Crittenden, Craighead, Faulkner, Garland, Hot Spring, Independence, Jefferson, Sebastian, Washington, Ashley, and Baxter Counties. If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, contact us online or call 501-374-4440 to set up a free consultation to find out more about your legal options.