A tractor trailer driver for XYZ Chipping took a right turn wide to give his trailer room to clear the curb. At the same time, an impatient driver attempted to pass the truck on the right. The trailer cut over into the passenger car’s lane and the two vehicles collided. The trucker claimed he did not see the car following him for the last few blocks and he failed to make one last check of his mirrors before he entered the turn.
While navigating a sharp bend on the road, the new driver overturned his truck and trailer resulting in minor injuries, significant damage to the vehicle, and the destruction of a neighboring site of forest land. After the accident, a Department of Motor Vehicle report was run on the driver. The report revealed an extensive history of accidents and speeding violations.
The car was totaled and the driver suffered severe bruising and glass wounds. The court assigned contributory negligence to both parties.
- Continually scan for overtaking vehicles and anticipate right side passers.
- Install special mirrors designed to minimize blind spots.
- Consider placards on your trailers warning of blind spots.
- Consider new electronic technology that detects vehicles in your blind spot.
- Always advise the insurance carrier of any accident, even if damage is minor and/or there is no bodily injury.
Risk Factor #1
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are approximately 840,000 side-to-side blind spot truck collisions, with 300 fatalities each year, in the U.S.
Risk Factor #2
Constant mirror checks are needed during lane changes and turning maneuvers.