Posted By Simpson Law Group LLP Trial Attorneys Posted in:Truck Accident
Contrary to the popular belief, backing-up truck accidents are actually quite common in California and all across the U.S. In fact, statistics show that about 25 percent of all motor vehicle collisions involving trucks occur as a result of backing over a person, car or object.
Backing up is always a dangerous maneuver on the road and in a parking lot regardless of whether you are driving a passenger car or a large truck. But given that 50-plus foot long trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when loaded with cargo, it is not surprising that it is much more difficult to operate a truck and be alert at all times given that the visibility in a truck’s rear-view mirrors is limited when backing up.
Even though the vast majority of backing-up truck accidents are caused by the truck driver’s inability to see persons, vehicles, and objects due to the limited visibility in rear-view mirrors (blind spots), these accidents are still preventable and avoidable.
“More often than not, the truck driver can be held liable for failure to perform a safe backing maneuver,” says our San Diego truck accident attorney at the Simpson Law Group. “Since spotters are often required to help a truck driver perform a backing maneuver and avoid slamming into pedestrians, other vehicles, and objects, drivers who fail to get the assistance of spotters can be held liable for your injuries caused in a backing-up truck accident due to the driver’s negligent act or omission to act.”
Other than failure to get the assistance of spotters when performing a backing maneuver, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries sustained in a backing-up truck accident if the truck driver:
As you can see, there are many situations in which a truck driver can be held liable for injuries caused in backing-up truck accidents. Consult with our San Diego truck accident attorney at the Simpson Law Group to find out whether or not you can sue the truck driver and his/her trucking company for your injuries sustained in this type of accident. Call our offices at 619-236-9696 for a free case evaluation.
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