Myrtle Beach No-Zone Accident Attorneys
As some of the largest vehicles on the road, trucks pose a significant risk to other drivers. Any accident with an 18-wheeler has the potential to cause significant injuries to both the driver and any passengers in the other vehicle. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) estimates that over 413,000 automobile accidents are caused by a truck blind spot, or no zone, each year. Furthermore, of these accidents, nearly 160,000 of them resulted in a fatality.
These no-zone accidents occur in positions around the truck where the driver is unable to see the other vehicle, and, therefore, is blind to their presence. Truckers refer to these blind spots as no-zones, because they are areas around the truck where passenger vehicles cannot be seen. Because of the significantly larger size of tractor-trailer trucks, these blind spots are much bigger than the average sedan or minivan.
We at the Law Office of William J. Luse understand the physical, emotional, and financial consequences associated with being involved in a no-zone accident with a truck. We firmly believe that, as the victim of the accident, you are entitled to compensation for the damages and losses you suffered as a result of your accident.
If a truck driver’s negligence has left you or a loved one with significant injuries and expenses, get in touch with one of our skilled no-zone accident attorneys as soon as possible at (843) 839-4795 for a free initial consultation.
What are No Zones?
About 500,000 traffic accidents happen each year in the United States. Approximately 33 percent of these traffic accidents occur in the blind spot of a truck driver. When a driver enters a blind spot around a large truck, they increase the risk of being in the type of devastating accident that large trucks can cause. There are four main no-zone areas around a commercial truck where the driver has limited or zero visibility.
- A Short Distance Behind the Truck: The rear no-zone area is one of the most important to avoid. Because of the length of the trailer, a commercial truck driver has absolutely no visibility directly behind the trailer. Truck drivers are unable to see out of their rear window like passenger vehicle drivers can, which makes it extremely difficult to change lanes or turn left or right.
- The Rear Quarter to the Right: The right no-zone area is much larger than the blind spot on the left of the truck. Passenger vehicles in this no-zone area are one of the most common causes of truck-vehicle accidents. While truck drivers have an obligation to ensure that the neighboring lanes are clear before changing lanes, passenger vehicles are almost impossible to see in this no-zone area, so passing on the right side of a truck should be avoided. Instead, passenger vehicles should pass on the left side of the truck where they are more clearly visible to the driver.
- The Rear Quarter to the Left: The left blind spot is most similar to the blind spot that passenger vehicles have. However, it’s much bigger for a tractor-trailer truck driver. Because of this, it’s harder to see a passenger vehicle in the left no-zone area of the truck, which can pose potential risks when the truck driver needs to move into the left lane or make a left turn. When passenger vehicles are passing a truck, they need to make sure that they are clearly visible and they should pass as quickly as possible to get back into the driver’s field of vision.
- Twenty Feet in Front of the 18-Wheeler: The front no-zone area of a commercial truck exists because tractor-trailer trucks have such an elevated and long front end. Imagine putting a shoebox in front of your vehicle near the bumper. This is your car’s front blind spot. In the case of a tractor-trailer truck, the blind spot is so large that the entire vehicle can be obscured. It is important to stay far ahead of the front no-zone area (leaving approximately one car length for every 10 miles per hour of speed).
Do I Need a Lawyer?
No one should have to worry about their medical bills or lost wages during the recovery process after a no-zone accident. You have already experienced enough stress as a direct result of your truck accident, which is why a skilled attorney is needed to relieve as much pressure from you or a loved one as possible. A knowledgeable attorney can inform you of your rights and your legal options. An experienced lawyer can also help determine liability by conducting an investigation of the events leading up to your accident by reviewing traffic records, employment information, and driving logs.
It takes time, commitment, and experience to deal with the administrative and legal elements of your case. A seasoned attorney understands the significance of your claim and will fight to make sure you get the settlement you deserve so you can focus on the process of recovery.
Why Choose the Law Office of William J. Luse to Handle Your No-Zone Accident Case?
We believe that you should not have to settle your case for anything less than you deserve. You should not have to pay for the inability of a truck driver to see you in one of their no-zone areas. A knowledgeable lawyer can educate you of your rights, legal decisions, and eventually assist you in receiving the fair compensation that you deserve.
With over a decade of legal experience, our truck accident attorneys have the expertise and skills required to assist you in holding the truck driver and the business that employed them accountable for their negligence.
We are determined to protect the rights of our clients. We feel that everyone should be able to afford quality legal representation in the event of a no-zone truck accident. Our team handles injury claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay us anything unless we win the compensation that you deserve.
No-Zone Cases We Handle
While it’s true that a variety of accidents can take place when a passenger vehicle is in a large truck’s no-zone area, some types of no-zone accidents occur more often than others. Some of the most common types of no-zone collisions include:
- Accidents involving right turns
- Sideswipe accidents
- Underride accidents (when a passenger vehicle slides under a truck)
- Rear-end accidents (either by the tractor-trailer truck or passenger vehicle)
- Head-on collisions on highways without dividers
All of these accidents can cause severe injuries or fatalities. This is truck drivers are required to adhere to specific regulations concerning safety requirements. However, the companies that employ these drivers may be negligent in training their drivers on the specific safety regulations their position requires. The following factors are a few potential causes of a no-zone accident:
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Right-of-way violations
- Brake or tire failure
- Neglecting traffic laws and safety violations
- Driver fatigue
- Drug or alcohol use
- Failure to perform routine maintenance
Types of Truck No-Zone Accident Injuries
Drivers may not recognize when they are entering a driver’s no-zone area. These accidents are usually extremely serious and can cause significant damage, injuries, or loss of life. This is because of the size disparity between the average 3,000 pound passenger vehicle and a fully-loaded 80,000 pound commercial truck.
Some common truck no-zone accident injuries include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Broken glass injuries
- Head injuries
- Internal injuries
- Loss of limb
- Nerve damage
- Seat belt injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Wrist injuries
South Carolina No-Zone Truck Accident Statistics
As severe as commercial truck accidents tend to be, they occur quite frequently in South Carolina. According to South Carolina Department of Public Safety, there were 3,802 crashes involving tractor-trailer trucks in 2017. Of these crashes, 59 were fatal, and 1,125 resulted in serious personal injuries. Additionally, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety found that truck driver actions were a contributing factor in over 50 percent of the truck-vehicle collisions.
While these kinds of accidents have been declining nationally, they are still rising in South Carolina.
Contact a Myrtle Beach No-Zone Truck Accident Attorney Today
The experienced truck accident attorneys at the Law Office of William J. Luse are ready and willing to utilize any and all available resources to help get you the compensation that you rightfully deserve. We represent clients in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Socastee, Conway, Little River, and many other communities in Horry County, Georgetown County, and Marion County.
You can have one of our attorneys review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call (843) 839-4795 or you set up a free legal consultation online using our live chat feature.