Trucks Should Use Caution When Backing Up
If you have been injured by a truck as it was backing up, Darryl Isaacs – The Hammer – and the truck accident law firm at Isaacs & Isaacs are ready to review your case for free when you call 800-800-8888. Our experienced attorneys will help you obtain the compensation you need to pay bills while you are unable to work. We are available 24/7 in all 50 United States.
It is important to obtain legal representation as quickly as possible after an accident for several reasons, including:
- Meeting deadlines after which you will be unable to file
- Lost evidence
- Failure of witnesses to remember the incident as time passes
We can promptly set up a free consultation to review your case and answer questions you might have. We have won over $1 billion in settlements for cases involving negligence, and we will bring that same fighting spirit to your case.
Reasons Accidents Happen When Trucks Backup
Poor visibility is one of the major reasons trucks are involved in accidents when backing up. In fact, a trucker has a blind spot behind the truck that can extend for up to 70 feet. This means that a vehicle or a pedestrian in that blind spot will not be seen by the trucker.
Bobtail Trucks and Deadheading 18-Wheelers Are No Excuse
Improper backing up sometimes happens whether or not cargo is involved. A bobtail truck — one without a trailer attached — may avoid some visual impairment, but the driver must still exercise reasonable care when driving. Similarly, deadheading — referring to pulling an empty trailer — might imply easier driving and stronger visual capabilities, but when drivers let their guards down, accidents occur.
Precautionary Steps to Avoid an Accident
There are precautions a truck driver can take to avoid an accident. One is flashing lights that turn on when the driver puts the truck in reverse. The other is an audible beeping sound that lets other vehicles and individuals know the truck is going in reverse.
If both features are not in working order, the warnings are eliminated. A truck driver should check to make sure the features are working before leaving in the truck. Not adding this to a precheck safety list can result in accidents and injuries due to negligence.
Blocking Lanes and Using Sidewalks to Backup
Sometimes, truckers will use several lanes in the roadway to backup. On occasion, the truck might also backup onto the sidewalk in a residential or city thoroughfare. Both of these maneuvers are dangerous and have resulted in serious injuries to pedestrians and motorists.
What To Do After a Truck Accident – A Conversation With Darryl Isaacs
Attorney Darryl Isaacs sat down to address questions for those who have been involved in a crash involving big rig trucks or other large commercial vehicles. Join us in this radio episode of “Ask The Hammer,” the podcast exploring the legal matters that matter most. Play the episode directly below.
Finding a Truck Accident Law Firm Who Will Sue for Improper Backing Up Crashes
If you are injured by a truck while it is backing up, call Isaacs & Isaacs. Our attorneys will use police records, witness accounts and medical records to assess negligence and the financial harm it caused. We will file your claim and help you get the necessary compensation you need to pay your bills and have the peace of mind you need while recovering.
Our trucking accident lawyers serve clients in all 50 states. To speak with one of our experienced attorneys, give us a call 24/7 at 800-800-8888.