Folsom is located in Sacramento County that has a population of about 1.5 million. Given the area’s population density, truck traffic in and around Folsom is heavy. Many of truck accidents occur in the blind spots of truck drivers. As per the U.S. Department of Transportation, more than 410,000 of these types of accidents occur every year.
Tractor-trailers are gigantic pieces of machinery that might be 70 to 80 feet long. They’re surrounded by large blind spots on all four sides. Those are called no zones and it is dangerous to drive in them. No zones might extend 20 feet in front of a truck, 30 feet behind it’s trailer and an entire lane of traffic on either side. Like other drivers, the driver of a tractor-trailer must change lanes from time to time. With their size, weight and large blind spots, tractor-trailers are not nearly as maneuverable as passenger vehicles. Those factors can make a tractor-trailer lane change particularly hazardous for any driver who is in either of the vehicle’s side no zones. Always remember that if you cannot see the truck driver’s face in the truck’s mirror, that driver cannot see you either.
Like drivers of passenger vehicles, tractor-trailer drivers have a duty to make safe lane changes but you can also expect the truck’s insurer to try and shift some or all of the blame for the accident over onto you. Do not give them a recorded statement. California law does not require you to give one. Call a Folsom personal injury lawyer from our offices instead.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a Folsom truck accident, contact an attorney at our offices by calling 916-962-2896. We can arrange for a free confidential case consultation and review. We promise to listen to you carefully, answer your questions and advise you of your full range of legal options.