Driving in the Blind Spot Increases the Risk of Oklahoma Truck Accidents
Truck accidents comprise less than 5% of the total traffic crashes throughout Oklahoma every year, but they tend to cause significant damage and destruction when they do occur. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are approximately 125 fatalities and 1,360 people hurt in the 3,400 accidents involving semis, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and other large trucks every year. In other words, almost 50% of all truck collisions cause death or injuries.
Fortunately, driving defensively is among the top ways to protect yourself. When it comes to truck collisions, a specific tip that is very effective is avoiding the operator’s blind spot. You are less likely to be involved in a crash, but there could also be implications for your rights. A Tulsa, OK truck accident attorney can explain the details, but the following information is helpful.
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Tips for Avoiding a Truck’s Blind Spot
Even though operators are trained to appreciate the risk of other motorists being in this dangerous position, the blind spots on a big rig are significant. There are those along both sides of the tractor and trailer, extending wider out toward the rear of the vehicle. Trucks do not have rearview mirrors like passenger vehicles, so the rear blind spot is sizable. There is even a front blind spot directly in front of the cabin.
With these points in mind, some recommendations on avoiding the truck blind spots are helpful:
- Do not linger in blind spots. Pass quickly or fall back if unable to get around quickly.
- When passing, signal early and attempt to maneuver along the left side. The truck operator’s blind spot is smaller.
- Never tailgate. Allow around 20 car lengths between your vehicle and the trailer, which amounts to around four seconds.
- Be vigilant regarding the truck’s turn signals.
Compensation for Truck Accident Victims in Tulsa
Victims sustain a range of losses after a truck crash, especially in serious collisions involving severe, catastrophic injuries. Monetary damages are intended to reimburse them for these losses, and there are two types available in Oklahoma truck accident claims:
- Economic damages, including medical costs, lost income, and out-of-pocket expenses for treatment; and,
- Noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
In addition to being a safety concern, traveling in the truck’s blind spot could affect your compensation. The reason is Oklahoma’s law on comparative fault, which focuses on your own careless conduct. If you were negligent, such as by driving in the blind spot, your damages could be reduced.
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Discuss Legal Options With a Tulsa, OK Truck Accident Lawyer
Tips on avoiding a driver’s blind spot may help prevent serious truck crashes, but you should also keep the comparative fault laws in mind. For more information on your remedies, please contact Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Oklahoma truck crash attorneys. We can provide personalized advice on your rights after reviewing the details of your case.
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