There are times when commercial truck drivers must pull off the road and make unexpected stops when an exit is not nearby. When a truck stops on the shoulder, it may pose danger of collision with passing traffic, especially at night when the trailer of the truck may not be readily visible. To remedy this danger, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set out requirements for commercial truck drivers to warn passing traffic of their presence. If a driver fails to follow these requirements, accidents and injuries may result. If you have been injured in a collision with a stopped truck, you should contact a Coweta County truck accident attorney to help you recover for your accident-related injuries.
When a truck must pull over, the FMCSA requires that a truck driver:
- Turn on their flashing hazard signals immediately; these signals must remain on until warning devices are all properly placed.
- Place warning devices in certain quantities and proximity to the truck. Warning devices may include bi-directional emergency reflective triangles, fusees, or liquid-burning flares.
- Follow special instructions regarding hilly or curvy roads, residential neighborhoods, and daylight hours set out by FMCSA regulation 392.22.
If you are involved in a collision with a stopped truck, you should always try to make timely notes of whether you noticed any emergency flashers, warning flares, or reflectors around the truck. This information can help your attorney investigate and demonstrate fault in the accident.
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When a truck driver fails to follow FMCSA requirements for emergency signals when making an unexpected stop alongside a road or highway, he is acting in a negligent manner and should be held responsible for any resulting accidents and injuries. If you have been injured in an accident, an experienced truck accident attorney can help you with your case and will work to make sure you receive adequate and fair compensation. You should not delay in calling the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for assistance with a potential case.