Accidents involving tractor-trailers and other large trucks injure thousands of people each year. Semis can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and are often traveling at speeds approaching 70 miles per hour and higher. As a result, they are capable of causing incredible damage and injury when they are involved in collisions. Recognizing the risks these vehicles pose to other motorists, both the federal and state government have enacted regulations in an effort to make them safer. Unfortunately, accidents continue to occur, often with disastrous consequences. The most effective way to maximize your chances of recovering for your injuries is to consult with an experienced Fayette personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
The regulations imposed on the trucking industry affect almost every aspect of trucking, from the licensing of truck drivers to types of cargo the vehicles may carry. One of the most important areas regulated is that of conspicuity, or how visible a truck is at night or in low-visibility conditions. One of the things that these regulations deal with is the number and size of reflectors on a truck and a truck’s trailer. In addition to having these reflectors, truck operators also have a duty to keep these reflectors clean, as dirty reflectors are much more difficult to see. Some of the more common kinds of accidents that can be caused by non-compliance with conspicuity requirements include:
- Override accidents
- Underride accidents
- Rear-end accidents
- T-Bone accidents
Without these reflectors, a truck and its trailer would be very difficult to see at night or in poor weather conditions. It is important to note that even if you partially at fault for a truck accident, you may still be able to recover if you’re portion of the fault was not greater than 50 percent.
Contact a Fayette truck accident lawyer today for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. In order to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Fayette truck accident attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.