Knoxville Blind Spots
When driving on a highway or interstate through Knox County, such as Interstate 40, you may often find yourself traveling within close proximity of a commercial truck. Drivers of large trucks, including tanker trucks, delivery trucks, 18-wheelers, and the like, are supposed to be cognizant of their vehicles and their surroundings, especially due to the blind spots of large trucks. All it takes is a moment of inattention or failure to check one’s mirrors to result in a blind spot accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in a blind spot accident, you should contact one of the Knoxville truck accident lawyers of Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz. With over 30 attorneys and more than 120 staff members, we are the largest Tennessee-based personal injury law firm. Our firm has represented people injured throughout Tennessee for over 30 years and recovered upwards of $1.5 billion in compensation for our clients and their families through jury verdicts, settlements, and judgments.
Pursuing Compensation After a Blind Spot Collision
In order to avoid a blind spot crash, a truck driver needs to constantly monitor the surrounding area of their vehicle and check their mirrors; this is especially true when shifting lanes. Unfortunately, sometimes truck drivers do not drive safely due to negligence, which can include driving while fatigued, distracted driving, or driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Negligence can lead to a collision with another vehicle and cause serious harm to those involved in the accident. In order to recover damages after a blind spot collision with a truck, you will need to establish the truck driver’s negligence by showing that the truck driver owed you a duty of reasonable care, breached that duty due to their negligence, and caused you to sustain injuries as a result.
For example, let us say that you are driving on Interstate 640, and a tanker truck is driving in the lane adjacent to you. The driver fails to check their mirrors before shifting lanes to see that you just so happen to be in one of the truck’s blind spots. As a result, the tanker truck collides with you, causing you to sustain critical injuries and be rushed to the nearest hospital in Knoxville. In this scenario, the truck driver may be held liable for the accident, but the truck driver could easily accuse you of driving in their blind spot for a prolonged period of time and thus suggest comparative fault.
To properly defend against allegations of comparative fault, you should consider retaining a skilled trucking collision lawyer in the Knoxville area – one that can fight for the economic damages and non-economic damages that you deserve for your injuries and losses, which may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life. It would be beneficial to your case to have an experienced attorney who can advise you on how to potentially also hold the trucking company liable – whether it be vicariously liable due to the truck driver’s negligent actions that occurred within the course and scope of employment or directly liable due to negligent actions, such as negligent hiring, negligent supervision, or negligent training.
Discuss Your Case with a Truck Crash Attorney in Knoxville
At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, we have years of experience dealing with large trucking companies, so do not think that you have to face the aftermath of a blind spot accident by yourself. Contact our office by calling us toll-free at 800-529-4004 or by completing our online form for a free consultation.