Jackson, MS Blind Spots
Truck accidents usually result in significant damages for the other vehicles involved – regardless of whether the crash happened in the parking lot of Millsaps College at 1701 North State Street in Jackson or on Interstate 220 (I-220). This is due to the sheer size and weight of trucks in comparison to personal vehicles. It is because of the massive size of trucks that drivers often have a difficult time seeing certain areas around their vehicles known as blind spots. Blind spot accidents can usually be avoided if the truck driver exercises caution and properly checks their blind spots before shifting lanes. If you were struck while you were in a truck driver's blind spot, the experienced Jackson truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz are ready to discuss your case. Our firm has over 30 years of experience in representing those injured in motor vehicle accidents, and we have recovered more than $1.5 billion in compensation for those injured victims and their families.Proving Liability for a Blind Spot Accident
If a truck driver fails to check a blind spot and injures you as a result, you may be able to sue for negligence and pursue compensatory damages for your injuries and losses. In addition to the truck driver, you may also be able to file suit against the trucking company, holding them liable under the doctrine of vicarious liability – which is applied when a truck driver’s negligence results in the injuries of another person during the course and scope of employment. The trucking company may also be held directly liable for actions such as negligent training, negligent hiring, and negligent supervision. A trucking company could be liable for negligent hiring, for example, if they knowingly hired a truck driver with a history of DUIs.
As with many motor vehicle accident cases, you may have to establish the truck driver’s negligence in order to recover damages. This can be done by proving that the truck driver had a duty to exercise reasonable care – checking his blind spots before switching lanes in this context – and breached his duty, resulting in your injuries. Despite you being the one who is injured, a truck driver and their employer may make a defense of comparative fault – suggesting that you are partially to blame for the accident. For example, if you were driving in a truck’s blind spot for a prolonged period of time, the defendant may try to reduce their liability by saying you were comparatively negligent. It can also lead to your total recovery being reduced by what percentage of blame is attributed to you.
Numerous factors – such as your injuries as well as the nature and severity of the accident – dictate what damages you may be able to recover. You may seek non-economic damages for loss of consortium, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. Economic damages may be pursued for medical bills, lost wages, and property damages. A lawyer in the Jackson area well-versed in trucking accidents may explain all of the damages to which you may be entitled.Discuss Your Case with a Truck Accident Attorney in Jackson, MS
Being caught in a truck’s blind spot while driving can be unnerving, but the true panic occurs when you realize that the truck is shifting into your lane but does not see you – the results of which can be calamitous. If you or a loved one has been injured in a blind spot accident involving a commercial vehicle, the Jackson attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz can fight for the compensation you deserve. Our firm serves victims throughout Mississippi as well as Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Missouri. We have represented people in cities such as Jackson, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Meridian, Tupelo, Columbus, Grenada, Starkville, Oxford, Hayti, and Caruthersville. Contact our office toll-free by calling 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision lawyer. Allow us to show you why NST is the way to go.