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Albuquerque Truck Accidents Caused by Blind Spots

Albuquerque Truck Accidents Caused by Blind Spots

Albuquerque Blind Spot Truck Accident Attorneys

Blind spots on a truck are significantly larger than those of other vehicles. When truck drivers fail to check their blind spots, they can cause serious accidents. Since 1997, the Albuquerque truck accident lawyers at Parnall Law Firm, LLC have advised and represented victims who were injured by the careless acts of truck drivers and trucking companies. We understand the devastating effects that a truck accident can have on you and your family. We can help you pursue a claim for damages for your injuries.

Trucks and Blind Spots

Blind spots are zones around a vehicle that a driver is unable to see through the rear or side mirrors. Blind spots are located in the front, back, and sides of a vehicle. The size of a blind spot varies with the size of the automobile: the larger the vehicle, the larger the blind spots.

Trucks can dwarf many cars, vans, and other vehicles on our roads. Given their extreme length and height, trucks have blind spots that are significantly larger than those of passenger cars, motorcycles, or other vehicles. Before making a maneuver, a truck driver must turn around and check that his or her blind spots are clear. This is particularly important when a truck driver attempts a turn or tries to switch lanes. If a truck driver fails to check his or her blind spots, it can crash into a vehicle and cause serious injuries to a vehicle’s driver and passengers.

Accountability for Failure to Check a Truck’s Blind Spots

Truck drivers have an obligation to drive with care. They must undergo training to ensure they know how to properly operate their vehicles before getting behind the wheel. Checking a truck’s blind spots is a critical part of driving safely to avoid injuries to others.

If you are hurt in a truck accident, the driver’s failure to check his or her blind spot may have caused the crash. You can hold the truck driver liable by proving that he or she was negligent. To prove negligence, you must demonstrate that the truck driver breached his or her duty of care and that the breach caused your injuries and damages. You must show that the driver’s breach, such as the failure to check a blind spot before making a turn, is causally connected to the injuries you sustained in the accident.

You may also have a negligence claim against the truck driver’s employer. For example, a trucking company may be liable for placing a poorly trained driver on the road. The employer also can be vicariously liable for the truck driver’s negligence if the driver’s actions occurred within the scope of his or her employment.

In some blind-spot accident cases, the truck driver may claim that you are responsible for the accident. If you were tailgating or attempting to squeeze between the truck and sidewalk during a turn, you may be partially responsible for your injuries. New Mexico, however, will not prevent you from recovering damages if you were partly at fault for the crash. The state follows a comparative negligence standard, which means that a court will determine the negligence of all the parties and permit you to recover to the extent that you were not responsible for your injuries.

Evidence in Truck Accident Cases

Evidence, such as the driver’s records, may go missing in a truck accident case. If a party intentionally destroys or loses evidence, a New Mexico victim can file a separate cause of action for spoliation of evidence. A court may impose sanctions on the party that intentionally destroys evidence, but you can potentially avoid or limit spoliation of evidence if you act promptly after the accident.

Damages

You can seek compensation for your truck accident injuries and possibly recover for your medical expenses, property damages, lost wages, and more. You must file your New Mexico personal injury claim within three years from the date of the crash.

Serving Blind Spot Accident Injury Victims in Albuquerque

Bert Parnall and the Albuquerque truck crash attorneys at Parnall Law Firm, LLC can help you get the compensation you deserve for your truck accident injuries. We can assess your case and discuss your possible legal options. If we move forward with your case, we will tenaciously help you seek the compensation that you deserve. Call us at 505-268-6500 or complete our online form for a free consultation.