Over 100,000 people were injured in accidents involving large trucks in 2012 alone. Because of the significant risks posed by semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles, the federal government devotes significant resources to identifying risks and developing regulations to mitigate these risks. In April of 2014 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a report in which it recommended that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) implement measures in regard to reducing the risks posed by semi-truck blind spots. Semi-truck accidents can entitle victims to significant compensation, and an experienced attorney can help make sure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Potential Blind Spot Countermeasures
Because of their large size and driver ride height, semi-trucks have large blind spots directly in front of them, to either side, and directly behind them. When a truck driver cannot see other vehicles or objects around their vehicle, it can create an extremely dangerous situation. The NTSB has recommended that NHTSA require that trucks implement certain visibility enhancement systems in order to mitigate the risks posed by semi-truck blind spots. These systems include the following:
- Enhanced mirror systems
- Side view assistance systems
- Rear view assistance systems
The absence of these systems on older vehicles does not excuse a truck driver’s duty to operate their vehicle safely. People who are injured in an accident in which a truck driver failed to see them or their vehicle may be able to recover for any injuries that they sustained. Potential damages available in a semi-truck accident case include compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, and loss of quality of life, among others. The best way to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve is to discuss your case with an experienced Palmetto truck accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact a Palmetto truck accident attorney for a free consultation
Our truck accident attorneys are dedicated to helping people injured by semi-trucks recover for their losses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.