Pedestrians always are exposing themselves to a risk of injury when walking along busy streets or crossing intersections. They are not always visible to drivers, and this is particularly true for drivers of larger vehicles such as semi-trucks and buses. In addition to sitting significantly higher from the ground, drivers of these vehicles also must contend with much larger vehicle bodies that may reduce driver visibility. Pedestrians who are injured in accidents with semi-trucks may sustain catastrophic injuries that can cause life-long medical problems. As a result, it is extremely important for victims to retain the services of an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible.
Fortunately for pedestrians, there are some concrete steps that can be taken to help reduce their risk of being involved in an accident with a semi-truck. As part of a safety initiative, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recommends the following:
- Watch you walkways – make sure you use sidewalks and crosswalks whenever possible
- Know your “No-Zones” – Understand the areas around a truck that make you difficult to see for drivers – directly in front, behind, or next to a truck – and avoid being in those areas as much as possible.
- Be aware of the fact that larger vehicles often have much longer stopping distances than other vehicles
- Make yourself visible
- Be aware of trucks or other vehicles carrying wide loads
Remember, anyone involved in an accident with a semi-truck or other motor vehicle should seek immediate medical attention.
Contact a Peachtree City truck accident attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident with a semi-truck, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping the victims of truck driver or trucking company negligence recover, and work hard to obtain the maximum possible settlement or award for each client we represent. To schedule a free consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999. If you would prefer to reach us by email, please fill out the contact form available above.