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If you ever take U.S. Route 17 to Myrtle Beach or the I-95 near Hardeeville, you share the roads with commercial trucks. The drivers sit so high in these vehicles that it can be difficult to see smaller cars below and beside them. If they fail to check their large blind spots properly, they can cause severe collisions with far-reaching repercussions. This is one reason federal law makes them carry high liability insurance.
Although truckers are trained to compensate for what they cannot see, they could be tired, hurried, or distracted. Even a moment of negligence can lead to a blind spot truck accident in Mount Pleasant that injures you or a loved one. In these situations, you deserve support from an experienced attorney at Geel & Gentry, LLC. Our team could work to negotiate an insurance settlement or litigate a claim for compensation on your behalf.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) describes blind spots as no-zones. These are areas that truckers cannot see while operating a commercial rig from the high-sitting cab. A commercial truck with one trailer can measure up to 80 feet long. With two trailers attached, the length increases to 100 feet. The area along the side of the trailers is a blind spot.
Those injured in accidents with truck drivers who ignored their blind spots need a litigator with years of trial experience to prove that the trucker and the trucking company are negligent. Our attorneys in Mount Pleasant are skilled negotiators and will work with insurers, but many personal injury firms stop there. We do not. If negotiations break down, we are adept litigators who could take your case to court to get the compensation you need. We only get paid if we win your case.
Trucking companies are generally enjoined when their employees are subjects of negligence lawsuits. This means the company is vicariously liable for the actions of its employees when they are working. The US Code of Federal Regulations § 387.9 mandates liability insurance minimums consistent with the devastating injuries you can expect when a commercial truck smashes into a car or motorcycle.
Trucking companies in interstate commerce must carry liability insurance of at least $750,000 and up to $5 million if hazardous cargo is transported.
If insurance negotiations break down or do not adequately compensate an injured party after a blind spot accident in Mount Pleasant, our skilled attorneys will assemble a negligence case proving the truck driver’s liability.
After proving negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your damages, which may include:
The Mount Pleasant lawyers at our firm work to understand how a blind spot truck crash has impacted your life and ensure your claim adequately accounts for your losses.
When you share the highway with commercial trucks, you trust that the operators will check their surroundings to avoid collisions when merging, turning, or changing lanes. Trucks have large blind spots that make it difficult to see motorists in adjacent lanes. Truckers focus on getting to their drop-off point when they are in a rush and can easily ignore or fail to see other vehicles around them.
These actions can amount to negligence and potentially make the trucker liable for an ensuing crash. When you suffer injuries due to another driver’s carelessness, you deserve compensation and dedicated legal support. Geel & Gentry, LLC has years of experience handling blind spot truck accidents in Mount Pleasant and could take the lead in your case. Call us today for a free consultation to learn how we can advocate for you.