There are few things a driver can experience that are so terrifying as the realization that they are about to be part of an accident involving one or more 18 wheelers. You just know in the seconds before impact that injuries are going to be inevitable, and that as the driver of a passenger vehicle, you’ll come off the worst in the encounter. Contacting a Houston 18 wheeler accident attorney is not likely foremost in your mind at this time, but at some point, it will be.
There can be any number of causes for collisions involving 18 wheelers. You’ve no doubt driven too fast yourself from time to time, and possibly gotten a ticket for doing so. Or maybe you realized that you were speeding and tapped your brakes to slow down. If you were driving a loaded semi, though, you wouldn’t be able to stop quickly – you’d need much more time and space to slow down and stop. If you combine speed with other problems like poor roads, low visibility, or any of the other myriad factors a Houston 18 wheeler accident attorney has to consider when pursuing a claim, the potential for a serious accident increases exponentially.
Have you heard of the “No-Zone?” Again, when you’re in traffic, there are certain things you do to ensure your safety, like checking your blind spot. 18-wheelers have enormous blind spots called no-zones. When your car is in the no-zone, it can be totally invisible to a truck driver. In fact, 60% of accidents that occur between 18 wheelers and passenger vehicles happen when the car is in the no-zone.
Even if you’re doing everything that you should be doing, an accident can still occur, and it can be very difficult to determine who is at fault. If you’ve had an accident, and the actions on the part of the truck driver have contributed to your personal injuries, you should contact a Kirkendall Dwyer LLP Houston 18 wheeler accident attorney for assistance. Complex accidents can frequently have multiple causes, and we can help you with your claim. Call us at 713-522-3529 for a free consultation.