If you are a truck driver and have been involved in an accident with a car, you may be worried that you will be held responsible for the accident. Trucks, of course, have a large force and can add to the seriousness of any collision. However, there are many times when truck drivers, no matter how competent, can simply not avoid being in a crash. This is often due the negligent or reckless actions of another driver.
As a truck driver, it is important that you take immediate measures to ensure the safety of those involved in the accident, and that you try to preserve as much evidence as possible. This can be done by taking lots of pictures of the crash before law enforcement officers arrive. In addition, you should attempt to get the details of witnesses so that they can give a neutral explanation of what happened.
How can no-zone driving cause truck accidents?
As a truck driver you will know that there are certain areas around the sides of a truck where you cannot see other drivers. Other vehicles have the responsibility to avoid lingering in these no-zones whenever it is possible to do so.
When a vehicle quickly and carefully passes you as the truck driver, you will be able to see them approaching from afar and then witness them safely overtake your truck. However, when a car lingers in the no-zone, you may not know that they are there, through no fault of your own. If you then decide to change lanes and take all the necessary safety precautions in doing so, you may collide with the vehicle.
In many cases, this could be classified as driver negligence, since he or she should have safely avoided the no-zones.
There are many other ways that drivers can cause accidents with trucks. This could include abruptly changing lanes in front of a truck, braking suddenly and without warning or entering traffic on the highway without enough speed.
If you have been involved in an accident in New York as a truck driver, it is important to take action and make sure that you are not automatically assumed to be at fault.