Truck Accidents Caused by Unsafe Backing

Drivers are well aware of the need to be extra cautious when backing. Although vehicles are equipped with a rear and side view mirrors, blind spots can hide a coming vehicle or pedestrian. Truck drivers have an even greater responsibility to exercise added precaution when backing trucks, because the larger the vehicle, the larger the blind spots, and the greater the potential for an accident.

Most truck accidents are caused by driver error. This can be true if drivers do not take the necessary precautions before backing up their truck. Drivers should have “spotters” to ensure that an area is clear before reversing the vehicle. Some trucks also have back up alarms to warn others to stay clear. Truck drivers must be especially careful when backing up at night, and must have the proper conspicuity treatments present along the length of their trailers to make them easier to spot by any oncoming motorists. Failure to take these precautions to prevent injury could mean that the driver or their employer can be held responsible for any injuries or fatalities that result from their carelessness.

If you or a loved one was injured by a backing truck, the truck accident attorneys at Scarlett Law Group can help you hold the careless truck driver accountable for negligence. We will present an injury claim against the trucking company’s insurance carrier so that justice is served on your behalf. You don’t have to go through this alone.

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Driver and Spotter Responsibilities

If the driver and spotter of a commercial vehicle do not meet their duty to safely back their truck, they may be deemed negligent and be held liable for paying any damages that arise from their carelessness.

Driver Responsibilities:

  1. Bring the unit to a complete stop
  2. Roll window down completely
  3. Make visual and verbal contact with the spotter. "If you cannot see or hear the spotter, do not backup!"
  4. Driver and spotter must establish and continue eye contact in the left rear view mirror at all times
  5. Drivers must have a thorough knowledge of spotter hand signals
  6. The spotter hand signals to the driver indicating it is safe to begin backing
  7. The driver gives a two blast warning on the horn just prior to backing

Spotter Responsibilities:

  1. Conduct a "circle of safety" and survey the backing area and all other sides of the vehicle checking for hazards. Before proceeding to back unit, being sure to also check overhead clearance
  2. Communicate any observed hazards to the driver
  3. Place yourself eight to ten feet to the left rear of the unit
  4. Establish visual and verbal contact with the driver and continue eye to eye contact in the left rear view mirror at all times
  5. Be familiar with hand signals before allowing backing maneuvers to begin
  6. Stop the driver if any hazards are observed or if you are uncertain of the direction that the driver is maneuvering

Reasons You Should File an Injury Claim

Truck accidents can turn a person’s life upside down. While they are focusing on healing and getting their life back, legal action might be the last thing on their mind. That is where Scarlett Law Group has you covered. Our firm believes that filing a personal injury claim is the most effective way to hold the parties responsible for your injuries accountable for their negligence. Leave the hard work to us – during our more than 25 years of experience, our legal team has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients through the claims-filing process. No matter how complex your case, we are not afraid to take your case to court, if necessary.

Filing an injury claim with our firm’s help can help you obtain compensation for:

  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Wage loss
  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitative care
  • Vehicle damage

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