Dallas Blind Spot Lawyer
All vehicles have blind spots, especially large trucks. If a driver in Dallas is not careful to check their blind spots before merging or turning, they can cause a severe accident. If you are a victim of this type of accident, a Dallas blind spot lawyer can help.
Our Dallas car accident lawyers can assist you in building a strong insurance claim to file with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. We do not charge a fee unless we can win you compensation, so you can rest assured that we have your best interests at heart.
To learn more during a FREE consultation, call us at (214) 305-8277 or contact us online today.
What to Know About Truck Blind Spots
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):
- Large trucks and other commercial motor vehicles have large blind spots on all four sides.
- Large vehicle drivers cannot see other cars too close behind them. They need a longer distance to see another driver in their side mirrors.
- If you cannot see a truck driver in their side mirror, the driver cannot see you.
The “no see” zone is the area right behind a large truck. Drivers should avoid this area because there is no way for a truck driver to see them and potentially prevent an accident.
Drivers must be careful when passing or following trucks on Dallas roads, but truck drivers must exercise extra caution too. If a trucker is changing lanes, turning, or backing up, an accident is likely to happen.
Even the most careful drivers can become victims of blind spot accidents. If a truck driver is not taking the correct safety measures to avoid an accident, there can be severe or even deadly consequences.
How Blind Spots Can Lead to Accidents in Dallas
Blind spot-related accidents often happen when a large vehicle tries to change lanes or turn without checking for or noticing other cars close by.
A passenger vehicle can quickly become stuck between the side of the large vehicle and the edge of the road. The passenger vehicle might get forced off the road or into oncoming traffic. If both vehicles collide, it can lead to a serious crash, such as a rollover accident.
When a passenger vehicle is driving too closely behind a large truck, an underride accident can happen. An underride accident is when the smaller car gets trapped underneath the large vehicle if they stop too suddenly.
How Liability Works in Blind Spot Accidents
Blind spot accidents often involved shared liability. In other words, both parties might be partially at fault—and thus, partly responsible for the damages—in the accident. Thankfully, Texas utilizes the concept of proportionate responsibility that allows you to get compensation still if you are not more than 50% at fault.
Before assuming your degree of fault at all, talk to an experienced Dallas blind spot lawyer. The other driver’s insurance company will be looking for ways to reduce what they have to pay you, and blaming you for some (or all) of the accident is an excellent way to do so. However, do not admit or accept any blame without speaking to a lawyer first.
Your attorney can look at the facts and determine who was responsible for what portion of the accident. They will work to fight for the fullest compensation possible for your damages so that you don’t get blamed for anything that was not your fault.
Personal Injury Damages in a Blind Spot Accident
If you were not entirely at fault for your blind spot accident, you have options. You can likely file a personal injury claim with the other driver’s insurance company to seek compensation for damages like:
- Doctor bills
- Hospital bills
- Prescription medications
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Vehicle repairs
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
These damages include both economic and non-economic losses. Your financial losses are those that have precise dollar amounts. You will need to demonstrate these damages through direct documentation like medical bills (which your lawyer can help you do).
Non-economic damages do not have set dollar amounts because they are a means to account for physical and emotional pain and suffering the accident has caused. You’ll want to get help from a Dallas blind spot lawyer when determining these damages.
Filing a Wrongful Death Case After a Blind Spot Accident
If you lost a loved one in a blind spot accident, you might be able to bring a case on the loved one’s behalf. Only certain family members can do this. To file a wrongful death case, you must fit at least one of these descriptions:
- Surviving spouse
- Surviving child (or legally-adopted child)
- Surviving parent (or adoptive parent)
- A personal representative of the deceased’s estate
If you’re still unsure whether or not you can file this type of case, consult with a lawyer who specializes in blind spot cases. Our Dallas car accident lawyers can let you know your options. Call (214) 305-8277 or contact us online and we’ll give you a free consultation to learn more.
Unfortunately, accidents involving truck blind spots often cause severe, life-threatening injuries or death. This severity is all-the-more reason to seek legal help and pursue compensation for what you lost.
Don’t Wait to Get Started on Your Accident Case
In Texas, you usually have two years from the date of an accident to file a claim for damages (Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003). Two years seems like quite a bit of time to most people, but that’s not really the case in a legal sense.
You will need sufficient time to investigate the accident, gather evidence to support your claim, talk to witnesses, file your claim, and deal with the insurance company if they try to deny your claim or offer you a lowball settlement. So, it’s best to get started as soon as possible—and the best first step is to contact a trusted lawyer in your area.
Get a Free Consultation with a Dallas Blind Spot Lawyer Today
If a driver’s blind spot led to your accident, our Dallas car accident lawyers can help. We have helped many car and truck accident victims win what they need and deserve to cover their costs. We are not afraid to stand up for your rights and fight for your recovery.
Our law firm never collects a fee unless we win you compensation, so there is no risk to you. We’re even happy to come to you if you do not have reliable transportation. To get started with a FREE consultation today, call us at (214) 305-8277 or contact us online.