According to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), accidents involving large trucks injured approximately 104,000 people in 2012 alone. Semi-trucks are often several times larger than passenger vehicles, often pulling large trailers that can interfere with a driver’s visibility. As a result, truck drivers are often unable to see vehicles or other objects to either side of their truck or directly behind them. As a result of these risks, in April 2014 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that NHTSA take action to improve truck driver visibility. While this is a positive step, individuals continue to be injured in semi-truck accidents that involve bling spots. The trucking accident attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are committed to helping people injured by negligent truck drivers recover.
Vulnerable Road Users
The NTSB identified three groups who are particularly at risk for involvement in an accident because of a truck’s blind spots: pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. One of the main reasons that these groups are more vulnerable than others is the fact that they are smaller in size than passenger vehicles and are therefore more difficult to see. In addition, as they do not benefit from the protection of an external vehicle frame, the injuries that they can sustain in the event of an accident can be extremely severe. Some of the injuries people commonly sustain in accidents with semi-trucks include:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
These and other injuries can result in significant economic and non-economic losses. Fortunately for victims, these losses may be compensable by filing a Georgia personal injury claim.
Contact a Palmetto truck accident attorney for a free consultation
The first step to ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve after a semi-truck accident is to discuss your case with an experienced Palmetto truck accident lawyer. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.