Bicyclists are at a significant risk of injury whenever the ride in or around motor vehicle traffic. Part of this risk arises from the fact that riders are not as large as cars or trucks, and are therefore not as visible to people driving vehicles. This is particularly true for drivers of semi-trucks or other large commercial vehicles, as they often sit much higher from the ground than other drivers and have limited visibility due to large, bulky vehicle bodies. When bicyclists and semi-trucks are involved in accidents, the results can be catastrophic. As a result, it is imperative that bicyclists injured in semi-truck accidents retain the services of an experienced Peachtree City truck accident attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
Fortunately for bicyclists, there are certain steps that they can take to reduce the chances of being involved in an accident with a semi-truck. As part of an effort to reduce the number of semi-truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issues advice for people to stay safe around semis. Some of the advice that the agency offers bicyclists includes:
- Wear your helmet
- Be aware of the traffic around you, and particularly aware of large vehicles like trucks or buses
- Check your brakes
- Ride with traffic
- Be aware of “No-Zones” and stay out of them whenever possible. No-Zones include the areas directly in front of, behind, and to the side of a truck.
Contact a Peachtree City truck accident attorney for a free consultation
If you or a loved one has been injured in a bicycle accident involving a semi-truck, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Semi-truck accidents can result in significant medical expenses, lost income due to missed work, loss of quality of life, as well as significant pain and suffering. These and other losses may be compensable by bringing a claim against the party responsible for your accident. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced truck accident lawyers, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.