Truck Accident

What is a No-Zone?

Semi-trucks have significant blind spots compared to passenger vehicles, also referred to as no-zones. They extend to the front, back, and both sides of large trucks. As a result, many accidents occur when vehicles travel in a truck’s no-zone. The Four Major No-Zones Large trucks have four major blind spots: Left Side Under Mirror and Extending Back From the driver’s door toward the back of the truck, visibility is challenging. Any vehicle in the left lane traveling...
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Truck Accidents with Multiple Defendants

After a truck accident, there may be more than one liable party. The truck driver is the party most often assumed to be responsible, but it is not uncommon for victims to pursue claims against multiple defendants. Multiple Defendants Means Multiple Insurance Companies When there are multiple liable parties, it also means dealing with several insurance companies. As a result, the case can quickly become complex and delay a quick settlement. Frequently when there are multiple defendants,...
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What Are Truck-Only Lanes?

When a lane is designated for “trucks only,” it is solely intended for large trucks. The purpose of a truck-only lane is to separate these heavy vehicles from other passenger cars on the road. Doing so helps minimize the risk of a catastrophic truck accident occurring. How Truck-Only Lanes Work Many states restrict which lanes trucks can travel in, but truck-only lanes are not very common. A truck-only lane is often separated from the rest of the...
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What Is a DOT-Recordable Accident?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) operates under the Department of Transportation (DOT) to monitor the transportation industry (e.g., large trucks, buses, etc.) and establish best practices to avoid crashes. However, the DOT cannot keep track of every fender bender. That’s why there is criteria an accident must meet for it to be considered a DOT-recordable accident. Criteria for a DOT-Recordable Accident The FMCSA defines a DOT-recordable accident as an occurrence involving a commercial motor vehicle...
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Filing a Complaint Against a Trucking Company

If you witness a large truck driving dangerously, you have the option to report the behavior. Filing a complaint can possibly prevent a severe or even fatal truck accident or serve as critical evidence if a crash does occur. Reporting Option #1 Call 911 if you believe the negligent or reckless behavior you have witnessed can cause an accident. It is the safest course of action for keeping others on the road out of harm’s way. Give...
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