Injured in a San Antonio Trucking Accident Caused by Inadequate Surveillance?
Inadequate surveillance is when a driver is required to look to safely complete a maneuver and fails to look or looks, but does not see. In other words, it is a failure to keep a look out before moving the truck in some manner. This includes lane changes or turns at intersections where the driver fails to see approaching traffic.
A recent study found that 14% of truck crashes were caused by this inadequate surveillance. Because of the weight difference in vehicles, this failure to look out could cause serious injuries or even death to other drivers. If this has happened to you, our San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyers at Carabin Shaw Law Firm are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.Types of Inadequate Surveillance
A truck has an area called a “no-zone,” which are the blind spots that are so large, that a passenger vehicle can disappear from the driver’s view. 1/3 of all crashes between large trucks and cars take place in this zone. Failure of a trucker to be aware of this zone can cause him/her to veer into your lane either running you off the road, or sideswiping your vehicle.
Because of the weight of a truck, it takes longer for a truck to stop and to maneuver. Because of this, the driver should be looking about 15 seconds (1/4 of a mile-highway, 1 ½ blocks-city) so that they may respond early, smoothly and avoid dangerous abrupt braking situations. Many times, the truck driver fails to do so, leaving little reaction time, and causing severe accidents.Results of Inadequate Surveillance
Again, just because a trucker should be doing something doesn’t mean they are. The results of accidents caused by inadequate surveillance could have severe consequences for occupants of other vehicles. Our San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyers will stand by you through the compensation process if you’ve been severely injured or lost someone in a truck accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a large commercial vehicle or an 18 wheeler, call our San Antonio Trucking Accident Lawyers at Carabin Shaw Law Firm. Our dedicated team of lawyers know the federal rules and regulations that truck drivers, and the trucking companies that employ them, must follow. Call us at 210.222.2288, day or night, for more information.