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My husband was in a crash with a large truck, but the truck driver is blaming my husband for driving in his blind spot. Is my husband at fault, or can we pursue a claim for his damages?

 

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Trucks do, in fact, have large blind spots. Unfortunately, many drivers don’t realize they are traveling in these blind spots or that they are dangerous. But these blind spots are so dangerous that they are even called “No-Zones,” and the name alone suggests that drivers shouldn’t drive in these areas.

While drivers should avoid driving in a truck’s blind spot—especially lingering in the No-Zones—sometimes drivers don’t have any choice but to drive in the No-Zones because they are slowing down to make the exit or are trapped by other cars and traffic. If your husband was driving the speed limit, obeying the laws, and driving safely, he should definitely have a claim for his damages.

Truck driver negligence could be to blame if the trucker failed to check his mirrors or signal before changing lanes. Because trucking companies and their insurance carriers often want to pass the buck, they will try to get out of paying your husband the full amount of compensation that he is due. For this reason, it is critical that you seek legal counsel to make sure you are getting fair and just compensation.

In order for a trucking company to take you seriously, you may need to file a lawsuit to get them to take accountability for the truck accident. When you do this, it is important that your husband gets compensated for all of his property damages, medical bills, physical therapy, rehabilitation, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.

It’s already bad enough that the truck crash is affecting your husband’s health—don’t let it affect your family’s finances. Learn about your rights by getting a free copy of our book, What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck, or Bike Accident.


Damian Mallard, Esq.
Board Certified Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney