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Backing-Up Truck Accident Lawyer
Backing a truck up is dangerous. Often, it's good for spotters to be outside helping a driver as he or she backs up. The truck driver is also supposed to signal to others that the truck will be moving in reverse by turning on four-way flashers and activating beepers. Many truck drivers realize that they shouldn't back up when they can drive forward because they understand that when the truck drives in reverse, there's a greater chance of an accident. However, sometimes backing is necessary and causes an accident, either due to a driver's lack of training or other reasons. Backing maneuvers can be complicated for even the most seasoned of truck drivers due to restrictions on visibility and the range of motion that the truck and trailer operate. While most backing accidents involve inanimate objects like docking platforms, poles, and trailers, when motorists or pedestrians are involved, it can be catastrophic.
Truck Backing Accidents
Common Truck Reversing Accident Injuries
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Head Trauma
- Skull Fractures
- Broken Bones, and
- Crushing Injuries.
Proper Backing Procedures for Large Trucks
- Avoid backing whenever it is possible to do so as it is impossible to detect when people or vehicles enter the path of the trailer unless a spotter is providing guidance.
- Be aware of the vehicle’s limited vision areas and get adjusted to them. Knowing where visibility is restricted helps drivers avoid putting themselves in situations that are dangerous to others.
- When parking, consider paths that could be taken to exit the space so that the truck can be positioned to perform the maneuver most efficiently.
- Perform a complete walk-around of the truck and trailer before backing to determine the amount of space available and whether there are people or vehicles behind the semi. If backing a considerable distance, additional workarounds may be needed just to ensure that nothing has changed.
- Minimize the amount of turning that needs to be done in reverse by placing the truck into position while moving forward. It is much easier to line up for a docking maneuver while moving forward, for example.
- Adjust the mirrors so that they offer the greatest amount of visibility and can be used as an aid while backing or cornering
- Use flashers, a backup alarm and horn to keep traffic and pedestrians aware of your presence and intent. This effort may prevent them from entering their path accidentally and without being noticed.
- Take their time while backing and back in the lowest gear or while in idle.
Careless Backing Up Causes Truck Accidents
- Occupy multiple lanes of traffic, including oncoming traffic lanes, while trying to back up, blocking traffic without warning to other drivers
- Make use of sidewalks or other areas designated for pedestrians and/or cyclists, cutting off these ‘safe ways’ for others while not being able to see walkers and riders using these lanes
Common Causes of Truck Backing Accidents
- Driver Distractions- Cellphones, radios and other technology can distract the driver and cause him or her to lose focus on the distance between the truck and an object or whether people or objects may have entered its path.
- Lack of Spotter --It is not always possible for drivers to rely on spotters, but whenever one is available, he or she should request assistance. When a spotter is not available, the walk-around method can be used.
- Swinging the Trailer - The path of the trailer is much easier to predict when moving forward, and the most minor of misjudgments can destroy another vehicle or an injury to a motorist or pedestrian.
- Misjudging the Distance -- Common accidents often occur because the driver overshot and hit the loading dock with force.
- No Backup Cameras- The truck is not equipped with assistive technologies that can reduce the chance of an accident. Backup cameras and sensors do now allow drivers to see where their trailers are in relation to where they need to go and should be used whenever possible. Even at low speeds, accidents with trucks can prove devastating.
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