Many companies use commercial trucks to haul their products across the country. While the immense trailers on commercial trucks enable the trucks to carry a substantial amount of freight, they also create numerous blind spots. When a truck driver works while fatigued, drives an overloaded vehicle, or fails to check a blind spot properly, it can result in a devastating accident. If you or a loved one were injured in a blind spot accident with a commercial truck, it is advisable to speak with legal counsel regarding what claims you may be able to assert. Eric Beasley is a seasoned Nashville truck accident lawyer who can advise you of your rights and assist you in seeking any damages you may be owed. Mr. Beasley has an office in Goodlettsville, and he is available to assist parties in lawsuits arising out of truck blind spot accidents in cities throughout Middle Tennessee.Blind Spots on a Commercial Truck
A blind spot is an area around a vehicle that the driver cannot see using the vehicle’s mirrors. Thus, drivers must take actions other than looking in their mirrors to determine if anyone is traveling in a blind spot. Commercial trucks not only have several blind spots, but their blind spots are also quite large. Specifically, there are blind spots directly in front of the truck and directly behind the truck’s trailer, as well as from the driver’s side window down the length of the trailer and down the length of the passenger side of the trailer. Often truck drivers are unable to accurately assess whether a vehicle is traveling in one of their blind spots, even if they make an effort to check.Truck Driver Liability for Blind Spot Accidents
Commercial truck drivers have a duty to drive their trucks safely at all times, and if they breach their duties, they may be held liable for any damages suffered as a result. In most instances in which a person is injured in a blind spot accident with a truck, the person will assert a negligence claim against the driver of the truck. To prevail on a negligence claim, a plaintiff has to show that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care, the defendant engaged in conduct that fell below the applicable standard of care, constituting a breach, and the breach caused the accident. The plaintiff must also prove that he or she suffered actual harm due to the breach.
It is common in lawsuits that arise out of a truck blind spot accident for the defendant to argue that the plaintiff caused the accident, and therefore, the plaintiff should not be awarded damages. Under Tennessee law, however, a plaintiff that contributed to causing an accident can recover damages as long as the plaintiff’s negligence is less than the defendant’s. The plaintiff’s damages will merely be reduced proportionately to the percentage of fault attributed to the plaintiff. A skilled injury lawyer can help you contest arguments that you were responsible for your harm.Recovering Damages From the Driver’s Employer
In some cases, the drivers involved in blind spot accidents are employed by a trucking company. In such instances, the plaintiff may also be able to seek damages from the driver’s employer for negligently hiring or supervising the driver. To successfully prove the employer should be held liable for the harm caused by an accident in addition to the driver, the plaintiff must show that the employer knew or should have known that the driver was not able to drive the truck safely, and therefore posed a threat to other people on the road.Speak With a Knowledgeable Nashville Lawyer Regarding Your Truck Accident
Blind spot accidents involving commercial trucks often cause significant and permanent injuries, and can even be fatal. If you were harmed or lost a loved one in an accident with a commercial truck, you can speak with an attorney regarding what compensation you may be owed. If he represents you, Eric Beasley will work diligently to develop effective arguments to help you seek a favorable outcome. Mr. Beasley has an office in Goodlettsville, and he frequently helps parties harmed by commercial truck accidents in cases in Nashville and in Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville, and in communities in Davidson, Sumner, Robertson, Wilson, Rutherford, and Williamson Counties and throughout Middle Tennessee. You can reach Mr. Beasley at (800) 431-2768 or via the form online to set up a free and confidential consultation.