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I Was Side-Swiped by a Semi-Truck, but They Claim it is My Fault
While generally most truck drivers follow the rules of the road, there are times when even the best driver may have an accident. Whether they were fatigued while behind the wheel, simply took their eyes off the road for an instant or had other factors come into play, accidents involving other vehicles happen now and then. However, in some instances truck drivers will fail to accept responsibility for their actions, leaving the other driver shouldering the blame unnecessarily.
Needless to say, in most cases when a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck have an accident, the semi-truck almost always emerges virtually unscathed. However, even if an ordinary car or truck is side-swiped by a semi-truck, the damage to the vehicle can be extensive. Along with damage to the vehicle, the driver and passengers inside the vehicle may find themselves seriously injured. Even if the accident involves only a side-swipe, the size and speed of larger trucks can result in damages that are subject to financial compensation.
Failing to Accept Responsibility
Unfortunately, many truck drivers and the companies for which they work fail to accept any responsibility for accidents. In many cases, they will claim excess speed or reckless driving on the part of the other driver. One of the most popular arguments used is that the driver of the passenger vehicle was driving too close to the truck, leading them to be in the truck driver’s blind spot and making them impossible to be seen under normal driving conditions. Because most trucks contain signs on the back doors warning drivers to not follow too closely, this is a common argument used by companies.
Cases of this nature come down to proving negligence on the part of one driver or another. Identifying who was negligent requires eyewitness testimony, video evidence, or a combination of the two. Many trucks are equipped with dash-cam technology as well as computerized systems that relay driving statistics back to their dispatchers, such as rate of speed, driving conditions, driver fatigue, and other information that could prove key in these cases. Hiring the services of an attorney skilled in semi-truck cases can prove to be invaluable, since they know what to look for and what to expect both in and out of court. If an accident occurred with a semi-truck, there’s no need to shoulder the blame for an accident you did not cause. Contact Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC or call 703-370-8088 today to discuss your legal rights.