Roseville No-Zone Trucking Accident Attorneys
Commercial rigs and trucks have what are known as “no-zones” or blind spots while driving. These no zones make it difficult for drivers to observe certain parts of the road and avoid accidents. If truckers do not drive cautiously and pay attention whenever another vehicle enters their no-zones, a catastrophic accident can happen, causing severe or even deadly injuries.
If you are involved in a serious accident due to a no-zone error, you may be able to hold the driver and/or trucking company liable for your injuries and expenses. With a Roseville no-zone accident lawyer’s help, you may be able to recover monetary compensation to pay for your medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and more. If you or a loved one has suffered catastrophic injuries due to a no-zone trucking accident, contact the Amerio Law Firm at (916) 419-1111 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.
How a Trucking Accident Attorney Can Help
When dealing with a trucking accident lawsuit, it is wise to leave the legal issues to an experienced attorney. Without legal representation, you may make mistakes that jeopardize your ability to recover the compensation you deserve. For example, some insurers will ask you to make recorded statements that they can use to suggest you were at fault for the accident. Others may pressure you to accept a lowball settlement offer. A lawyer can guard against these and other potential setbacks in your claim.
A lawyer can review and investigate the circumstances of your accident, including accident reconstruction, to determine the cause and identify the liable parties. They can also handle any communication with the liable parties and insurance company and help negotiate a settlement for you. With a lawyer on your side, you are likely to receive a much larger monetary award than you would trying to represent yourself.
Because trucking accident claims have a time limit as to when you can file a lawsuit, an attorney can help meet these deadlines by filing paperwork in a timely manner. The statute of limitations in California is two years from the date of the accident.
Why Choose Us
At the Amerio Law Firm, we have been representing Roseville residents in personal injury claims for the past ten years. Our hard work for our clients has won us numerous awards and accolades, including being ranked among the Top Lawyers of 2017 in Sacramento and an A+ firm rating from the Better Business Bureau. Our lawyers have been listed among the Top 10% of Lawyers in the USA, making them Lawyers of Distinction. These recognitions are a testament to our knowledge, skill, and dedication to our clients. We have won millions for our clients in the past, and we are ready to do the same for you.
Causes of No Zone Trucking Accidents
Truck drivers should be aware of the dangers of blind spots and pay attention for vehicles that they may be unable to see in mirrors. That means that drivers should monitor blind spots so they know when a vehicle enters and exits a blind spot. The four areas around a truck that are considered no-zones include:
- Obstructed Views Behind the Trailer. Truck drivers do not have standard rearview mirrors that allow them to see vehicles that are following directly behind them. If a car follows a semi too closely, the vehicle could slide under the trailer if the trucker hits the brakes. These accidents can be particularly deadly.
- Obstructed Views on the Sides of the Trailer. Although most trucks are equipped with several mirrors to help the driver see traffic on all sides, these mirrors do not show the full length of the trailer. This makes visibility on the left and right sides of the truck extremely difficult. Many trucking accidents involve the trailer side-swiping a smaller car and sending it off the road or into other traffic lanes.
- Obstructed Views within the Truck’s Turning Radius. City streets can pose many dangers to large trucks. Truck drivers must move to the left to make a 90-degree right turn, which can place other cars at risk. A truck’s side mirrors are also not angled to see traffic during a turn, increasing the risk that a biker, pedestrian, or other vehicle will be caught inside the turn.
- Obstructed Views from the Front of the Truck. Another no-zone area is at the front of the truck, below the driving cab. Since these cabs are elevated several feet above other drivers, the trucker may not see a smaller vehicle that is right in front of him. If the smaller vehicle has to stop suddenly, the truck driver may not see them and may crush the smaller vehicle.
If you were injured while driving in any of these no-zones, it is still not necessarily your fault. Truck drivers have a duty to monitor their blind spots, and when they fail in this duty, they can be held responsible for resulting damages.
Who is Liable in a No Zone Trucking Accident?
A trucker who changes speeds, changes lanes, makes a turn or merges into traffic without checking to see if there are obstacles in the way may be held liable for any accidents and injuries that happen as a result. Truck drivers must use caution when operating big rigs or potential disasters could occur while on the road.
Sometimes, the truck driver is not the only party that is liable. A commercial carrier that doesn’t equip trucks with running lights and reflective tape to make the rig more noticeable can be held responsible. If the trailer was improperly loaded or loaded beyond capacity, the persons or company that handled the cargo is potentially liable. Furthermore, if the driver was improperly trained or should never have been hired in the first place, their employer may be at fault.
Contact our Trucking Accident Attorneys Today
If you or a loved one have been injured in a no zone trucking accident, contact the Roseville trucking accident attorneys from the Amerio Law Firm right away. With our help, you may be able to recover full compensation for all your injuries and expenses after a no-zone accident. Contact us today at (916) 419-1111 to schedule a free consultation today.