Most people are more cautious about being beside a tractor trailer but don’t think twice about being behind one. Unfortunately, this is just as dangerous a spot to be sitting and can easily leave you with serious injuries.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there are more than 6,000 people injured each year as a result of backup mishaps. Truck accidents play a significant role in this figure and have the capability of causing the most destruction and devastation.
Why do most truck backup crashes occur?
Most truck backup accidents occur due to the negligence or inexperience of truck drivers behind the wheel. They haven’t had enough training, haven’t been on the road long enough to have experienced a broad range of backup scenarios, or are simply not applying their training.
Drivers may cause a backup collision by:
- Failing to use all available aids to maintain awareness of their surroundings such as side and rearview mirrors, visible window reflections, or shadows of your vehicle.
- Being unaware of the blind spots surrounding their truck. These can vary depending upon the height and length of the vehicle.
- Backing the truck up too quickly to be able to properly react to their surroundings.
- Backing up into traffic or other areas with the potential to encounter moving vehicles without the assistance of a guide to safely direct them. If the driver doesn’t have a spotter, he or she should exit the truck to do a perimeter walk around it to observe any obstacles to maneuver around or be aware of to adjust their approach.
- Neglecting to install blind spot technology to assist them such as rear-vision camera systems.
- Performing the same routine deliveries along the same route causing truck drivers to become complacent about safety procedures when backing into delivery bays, driveways, alleys, and traffic.
Why are tractor trailer reversing accidents so dangerous?
These accidents pose a serious risk of injury and can easily become fatal with little effort due to the size differential between vehicles. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits are frequently necessary to cover the exorbitant out of pocket expenses a family can be saddled with from vehicle repair or replacement to medical bills, rehabilitation services, or long-term care when an injury is so severe that the victim is rendered permanently disabled.
Being backed into can cause severe damage such as:
What should I do if I get hurt by a semi truck?
There are a number of actions you need to take to protect yourself if you have been the victim of a backup truck accident. Getting an attorney should be among your top priorities. Having a personal injury law firm already in mind is just good preplanning in the event that you should ever need one. Being left scrambling when you need to immediately jump in to handle things can quickly leave you overwhelmed.
If you are backed into by a big rig:
- If you are able, take photos of all vehicles involved, vehicle and property damage, the scene and surrounding area, and your injuries to document the accident. It can come in handy later to refute any allegations that contradict the facts.
- The most important action you need to take is to seek medical help, even if you think you feel fine. Often symptoms from the most serious internal injuries can be delayed so that you won’t know that you need medical treatment until it’s possibly too late. Complete all treatment to be sure you’ve reached maximum recovery.
- Notify your insurance company and begin a claim with the truck driver’s insurance carrier. Do not provide any recorded statements until you have spoken with your attorney. These statements can frequently capture information insurance companies can use to void your insurance claim or to find a reason to assign liability to you. This can minimize or even eliminate your injury claim leaving you on the hook to pay for your medical care.
- Keep track of all medical expenses, lost time from work and other financial losses. Some of this can be recovered under your PIP (personal injury protection) coverage in your auto insurance policy. Should you have difficulty collecting on these benefits, we can help.
If you have been the victim of a truck accident, let the client-centered attorneys at Yeboah Law Group, P.A. take the stress of handling your case off your shoulders so that you can focus on getting better so that you can enjoy life again. You can schedule your free consultation with a seasoned member of our legal team by giving us a call today at 954-764-2338 or we invite you to reach out to us through our contact form. We are honored to serve clients in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and throughout South Florida.