If an 18-wheeler crashes into your vehicle, the driver might claim that they did not see your vehicle at the time of the accident. This might be because an 18-wheeler actually has four blind spots on the vehicle and you might have been in one of these blind spots at the time of the accident. If this is the case, you may still be able to hold the operator of the 18-wheeler responsible for the accident.
Where the Blind Spots are Located
The right side passenger side is the worst blindspot because it is the largest. If you find yourself on the right side of the vehicle, you will want to move away from the blind spot of the truck as soon as possible. The other blind spots are on the left driver side and the front and rear blind spots. The severity of the front and rear blind spots will depend on the type of cab and trailer.
While you may try your best to avoid the blind spots of a commercial truck driver, there is little you can do if the driver is operating the 18-wheeler in a reckless manner. If the driver is speeding, changing lanes abruptly without looking, and making sudden and unexpected turns without a turn signal, you may find yourself in the truck driver's blind spot and collide with the vehicle.
The Consequences of Colliding with an 18-Wheeler
A collision with an 18-wheeler is much more devastating for the other driver than it is for the commercial truck. You might suffer multiple broken bones and fractures, lost limbs, internal bleeding, spinal cord injuries that can lead to paralysis, facial trauma, and/or a crushing injury.
When the truck driver is operating the vehicle in a negligent manner, they will be responsible for the damage done to your vehicle, any injuries you have suffered, and any other damages that you have suffered. However, to receive compensation for your injuries, you must consult with a personal injury attorney both so you can gather evidence necessary to prove negligence and so that you can thoroughly calculate your damages.
Because of the size and weight of an 18-wheeler, the truck driver must undergo special training and must operate the vehicle in a much more cautious manner. Unfortunately, some drivers are reckless and may even ingest substances before operating the truck. If this is the case, you may be entitled to compensation.