Some of the biggest blind spots on any vehicle are those on either side of 18-wheelers and other big rig trucks. The size of the truck’s blind spots and the size of these trucks in and of themselves can be major contributing factors in a variety of accident types, sideswipe accidents included. Here are some things you should know about sideswipe truck accidents.
Sideswipe Truck Accidents
Sideswipe truck accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. They can be caused by the truck’s blind spots or mere driver inattention. They can arise from a truck driver or other driver failing to properly anticipate lane changes and mergers. Sideswipe truck accidents may be due to the truck or other vehicle failing to stay within a single lane of traffic. There are a variety of things that can cause or can contribute to causing a sideswipe truck accident.
To help avoid involving in a sideswipe truck accident, it is best practice to stay out of a big truck’s blind spots. Of course, if you need to change lane or otherwise enter into a truck’s blind spots, make sure to do so as quickly as safely possible. It is best not to linger in these dangerous areas. Furthermore, be sure that you stay alert during merges and lane changes and also be aware of truck’s trying to merge or change lanes. It is often best to accommodate a large truck looking to change lanes or merge. Also, proper signaling of lane changes and merges is also very helpful in preventing any roadway mishaps.
If you have been sideswiped by a truck, be sure to remain at the scene and call 911. Law enforcement will be dispatched to the scene and, if anyone is hurt, so will emergency medical personnel. If you can do so safely, take pictures to capture the accident scene and the resulting damage. Gather the names and information of any witnesses to the crash. Be sure to note details about the truck that sideswiped you including the license plate and any identifying logos or names printed on its body.
Regardless of the extent of the pain or discomfort you are feeling after an accident, be sure to seek immediate medical attention. Oftentimes, the full force of an injury does not present itself till some time after the accident. Getting immediate medical attention can be critical in making sure your injuries are properly identified, evaluated and treated. Immediate medical attention and consistent follow-up care will also be critical in any personal injury action you wish to pursue seeking compensation for the harm you suffered in the accident.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Attorneys
Driving near those big 18-wheelers and semi-trucks can be scary. Being hit by one can be terrifying. If you have been sideswiped by a large truck, you may have suffered significant harm and extensive damage. You can count on the team at Cooper, Schall & Levy to zealously represent you in pursuing your right to be fully and fairly compensated for your losses. Contact us today.