Unsafe Lane Changes & Your Rights After an Accident
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Since 1994, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been conducting a public awareness campaign regarding the "no-zones" found on semi-trucks and other large vehicles. The no-zones are the four major blind spots on the sides, ahead of, and immediately behind an 18-wheeler. When a sedan, coupe, or other passenger automobile is driving in one of these zones, it will typically be difficult or even impossible for the truck driver to see the smaller vehicle. The purpose of the "Don't Hang Out in the No-Zone" campaign is to prevent truck accidents that occur when a truck makes a lane change, stops suddenly, or rear-ends a vehicle in one of these blind spots.
Truck Accidents Caused by Unsafe Lane Changes
While automobile drivers have a responsibility to avoid driving in the no-zones, truckers also have a duty to check before changing lanes to ensure that no other vehicles are traveling alongside them. The semi-truck cab has rear-view mirrors set out at a distance from the truck in order to make it easier for the driver to spot other vehicles and most have convex mirrors that further expand the driver's field of view. Provided that the driver takes a moment to check, he or she should be able to see whether or not there is a car or truck in the next lane. While some lane-change accidents are caused by drivers who simply don't look, others are the result of the driver's negligence in misjudging the distance to other vehicles or taking risks when trying to merge with other traffic. Such accidents frequently occur near on- and off-ramps, but they can happen anywhere on the roads and highways of St. Louis.
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When you work with Meyerkord & Meyerkord, you will be giving yourself the benefit of a team with 100 years of combined experience and extensive resources for investigating your accident. Our Missouri truck accident lawyers are passionate about helping people, so speak with a member of our legal team today. We look for every possible type of evidence to prove the cause of the accident, such as police reports and witness statements, and we frequently hire engineers and accident recreation specialists to provide expert testimony in cases. Contact us now for a free consultation to discuss the accident and take the first steps in your claim for damages.