Trucks Should Use Caution When Backing Up
If you have been injured by a truck as it was backing up, you might want to call Isaacs & Isaacs at 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 Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.
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 $700 million 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.
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.
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.