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.
We offer free initial consultations
to prospective clients.
Schedule yours by calling Scarlett Law Group today at (415) 688-2176.
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.
- Bring the unit to a complete stop
- Roll window down completely
- Make visual and verbal contact with the spotter. "If you cannot see
or hear the spotter, do not backup!"
- Driver and spotter must establish and continue eye contact in the left
rear view mirror at all times
- Drivers must have a thorough knowledge of spotter hand signals
- The spotter hand signals to the driver indicating it is safe to begin backing
- The driver gives a two blast warning on the horn just prior to backing
- 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
- Communicate any observed hazards to the driver
- Place yourself eight to ten feet to the left rear of the unit
- Establish visual and verbal contact with the driver and continue eye to
eye contact in the left rear view mirror at all times
- Be familiar with hand signals before allowing backing maneuvers to begin
- 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
Need to Pursue Compensation? Talk to Our San Francisco Catastrophic Injury Lawyers!
Our firm is ready to take legal action on your behalf so that you can obtain
the compensation award you need to move past this traumatic experience.
By relying on the expertise of specialists, we will present a strong and
personalized injury claim for your case. Our goal is to help make our
communities safer places to live, one case at a time.
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