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Blind Spot Truck Accidents

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Were You A Passenger During a Serious Car Accident?

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Why Should You Hire a Real Trial Lawyer?

One of the most dangerous features of the big truck is that of blind spots. Every truck driver knows that there are certain areas surrounding the tractor-trailer that a driver can have a real hard time seeing traffic around the truck. The truck accident lawyers at Baumgartner Law Firm have won many settlements from blind spot truck accidents.

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About Blind Spot Trucking Accidents

Blindspot accidents have been one of the single largest contributors to serious injury and fatal truck accidents. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration sponsors many campaigns aimed at educating both professional drivers and the public on the dangers of blind zone accidents. Here is an article on what you need to know about blind spots and truck wrecks.

Many fatal truck accidents happen in a blind spot crash.

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What are Blind Spot Accidents?

Blind spots on big rigs or tractor-trailers are areas just to the sides of the cab, and directly in front of and behind the big truck.  These are areas where the truck driver is unable to see other smaller vehicles. When a truck driver moves lanes and runs over a car because he did not see the car, these are blind spot accidents!

Where are the Blind Spots on a Big Rig or Tractor-Trailer?

The areas shaded are the truck driver’s blind spots.

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The areas shaded are the truck driver’s blind spots.

  • Avoid driving along the side of the big rig, either move forward and past or move back so the driver can see you. If you can see the driver’s face and in his mirror, he can see you.
  • The left side of a big truck is a smaller blind spot and therefore passing on that side should be safer.
  • The blind spot on the right side of the truck can extend three lanes and runs the length of the big rig.
  • When behind a big truck stay far enough back so the truck driver knows you’re there.

Many serious truck accidents happen simply because the truck driver was unaware that another motorist was in the way. Truck drivers who seem to bully their way into the lanes regardless of who’s there frequently infuriate passenger car drivers.

We assume that the truck driver just doesn’t care and is driving the big truck so they can do what they want. The reality is that the truck driver doesn’t see the vehicles and therefore believes that the lane is clear when they move over.

Because truck drivers are aware of the blind spots they should use extra caution when changing lanes by making their intentions known well in advance. Unfortunately, that is something that does not happen every day on the highways throughout the state of Texas.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a blind spot accident where a tractor-trailer or 18 wheeler came into your lane and caused the accident, contact the best truck accident attorney you can find as soon as possible after the crash.

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Houston Car Accident Claims:From Start To Finish

An Interactive Guide


You hear metal crumpling. Someone just hit your car. Maybe they ran a red light or lost control of their vehicle. Maybe you were rear-ended by a teenage driver on her cellphone.

Either way, you’re angry and frustrated. You have things to do. Places to go. But now, you're standing beside your damaged vehicle waiting for the police to arrive. You start to feel some neck pain.

All that to say: A single, unexpected moment changed everything.

A car accident can strike at any time. Whether you are on your way to work or headed to the store, it doesn’t matter. It’s moments like these that cause the government to require everyone to buy insurance.

A Guide For All Car Accident Victims

In this guide, you will learn:

  • How To Handle Yourself When Disaster Strikes
  • How To Ensure The At-Fault Insurance Company Covers Any Property Damage And Injury Expenses.
  • What Injury Lawyers Do And How They Can Help You.
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Get To Safety

Prevent Further Damage & Injury

If you find yourself in the middle of the intersection or on the freeway, you first priority is to move all persons (and vehicles if possible) out of the way of oncoming oncoming traffic.

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Survey The Damage

Call The Police + Gather Evidence

After getting to safety, you should immediately dial 911. Make sure to alert the dispatcher if there are any serious injuries.

As you wait for help to arrive, you have 3 goals:

  • Identify Extent of Injuries
  • Identify Witnesses
  • Identify Vehicle Damage

Pro Tip: Use your cell phone to record a statement from the other driver, as well as to store contact information for the other driver and any witnesses.

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Get Medical Help

Your Health Is #1

After emergency help arrives, it is important to seek medical treatment. Even if you don’t feel injured, it is important to get checked out for any internal injuries.

Be sure to go in for any follow-up checkups or procedures.

Pro Tip: If you wait before seeking medical treatment, the at-fault insurance company may argue that your injury wasn’t serious and that you don’t deserve compensation for medical expenses.

Common Internal

  • Whiplash
  • Internal Bleeding
  • Broken Ribs
  • Punctured Lungs

Hire An Injury Lawyer

Save Time. Get Compensated.

Hiring an injury lawyer after a serious accident is one of the best things you can do. Injury lawyers take care of all communication and negotiation with insurance companies. This frees up your time to focus on recovering.

At our law firm, we offer free initial consultations to all Houston residents. Just fill out our contact form — or give us a call to schedule a convenient time for you. We’ll listen to your story and offer our advice.

Pro Tip: Never accept a settlement without consulting a lawyer, especially if injury is involved. Once you accept a settlement, you can never recover anything further in the future.

Time Is Of The Essence


In most cases, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. This is called the Statute of Limitations.

Certain exceptions can extend and/or shorten a limitations period.

If the victim is a minor, the limitations may be extended until they are 18 years old.

If you are in an accident caused by a governmental entity in Texas, the statute of limitations may be much shorter — ranging from a few months to six months.


File Your Claim

Notify Your Insurance Company

It is important to notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible.

Many insurance companies allow you to file your claim online. Otherwise, call the number listed on your insurance card.

Be sure to keep track of all adjuster names and contact information.

Pro Tip: There may be multiple active insurance policies that can cover you. For example, if the other driver didn’t have insurance, your own Uninsured Motorist coverage could kick in. An experienced attorney can help identify these policies & maximize your recovery.

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Learn Fault Factors

Pro Tip: Do not give any recorded statements until you have the opportunity to consult with legal counsel.

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Get To Safety
Survey The Damage
Get Medical Help
Hire An Attorney
File Your Claim
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Call For A No Obligation Conference With A Top-Rated Truck Wreck Attorney

The Baumgartner Law Firm has been successfully prosecuting serious injury and wrongful death blind spot accidents for over 30 years. If you have been seriously injured or lost a family member call a Houston truck accident lawyer immediately for a no-obligation consultation regarding your rights and options.