When a collision occurs between a truck and a passenger car, it is likely to be a serious one. This is because the force of truck is much greater than a vehicle of a smaller size. Many people simply assume that the truck driver will be blamed for causing the accident since their vehicle has the highest capacity to cause damage. However, this is simply not the case.
Truck drivers are highly trained in maneuvering their vehicle, and the trucking industry is highly regulated. Therefore, when a truck crash occurs, it could be either party’s fault. The following situations are examples of times when the truck driver would likely not be at fault for causing an accident.
When a passenger vehicle changes lanes without warning
Truck drivers tend to stay in one lane and move at a fairly constant speed. Such large vehicles have to allow extra time when reducing their speed, and they cannot swerve easily because of the heavy load. Therefore, if a car moves into the truck’s lane with little or no warning, the truck driver may not be able to reduce their speed quickly enough to prevent a collision.
When a passenger vehicle lingers in the blind spots
Trucks have many more blind spots than the average car, meaning that truck drivers will not be able to see you if you are driving in their blind spot. Drivers have the responsibility to avoid driving in the spaces surrounding trucks. If they do not, they may get hit by the truck if it changes lanes.
If you have been involved in a truck collision in Texas, you should take swift action to establish fault.