When you are in a commercial trucker’s blind spot, and they suddenly decide to merge, you could be severely injured. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) calls blind spots “no-zones,” and merging truckers who fail to consider other motorists or local traffic rules cause about one-third of all truck accidents nationwide.

Even when your vehicle is only nudged, a diligent truck accident attorney will tell you that the sheer mass of a truck will run you off the road, and you will lose control, which could cause you to sustain serious injuries. Our attorneys at Dannheisser Injury Law have decades of experience winning cases for clients. When you are injured in a truck accident caused by unsafe lane changes in Sarasota, look no further for caring and tenacious representation.

Unsafe Lane Change Crashes

In Sarasota, when trucks are involved in accidents caused by lane changes that are not safe, the FMCSA reports that the trucker is usually at fault. Some acts that lead to these accidents include:

  • Failing to signal before changing lanes
  • Ignoring inclement weather when changing lanes
  • Attempting to change lanes while in an intersection
  • Dismissing a blind spot and merging without ensuring there is no unseen motorist
  • Failing to reduce speed before changing lanes so a vehicle in the no-zone cannot pull ahead

All motorists must act reasonably toward others sharing the road to safeguard them. Breaching that duty and causing an accident with injuries is the basis of a negligence action. The team at Dannheisser Injury Law will provide an injured motorist with quality representation in a caring atmosphere to ensure that compensation is just.

Defining No-Zones

No zones are the main reason lane changes for truckers are unsafe. Commercial truck cabs with two trailers can measure up to 100 feet long, and the no-zone is the length of the attached trailers. No-zones also include the area in front of the truck because the cab sits so high.

Compensation After an Unsafe Lane Change Truck Accident

Insurance companies can settle injury claims for a truck accident caused by an unsafe lane change after an attorney negotiates with them. Alternatively, if negotiations fail to reach a settlement, a jury can determine how much to award an injured party after damages are presented at trial. A person with a permanent injury is entitled to compensation for property damage, medical bills, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, past and future pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, and loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life. Our attorneys painstakingly build an injured motorist’s case to evaluate the full value of their damages.

Comparative Negligence

While a case is based on someone else’s negligence, sometimes an injured person contributes to their situation. When this happens, a jury will rely on the modified comparative negligence doctrine, Florida Statutes § 768.81. To recover monetary damages, a person cannot be more than 50 percent at fault for their accident. The jury award will be reduced by the percentage it finds a person at fault.

Contact a Sarasota Attorney for Help with a Truck Accident Caused by Unsafe Lane Changes Today

Truck accidents are life-changing, and when you are injured in one where a truck makes an unsafe lane change, you are entitled to compensation from the driver or employer.

When you are involved in a truck accident caused by unsafe lane changes in Sarasota, contact Dannheisser Injury Law to discuss your situation. Our attorneys are here to listen to you and help you understand your available options.

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