Fatal Injuries From Large Trucks Backing UpMississippi Legal News
Every year, roughly 56 people are killed and 1,000 injured from accidents that involve a large truck backing up. Most vehicles have blind spots, but the larger a vehicle is, the larger its blind spot is going to be. Based on this, it’s not surprising to learn that 18-wheelers have tremendously large areas where the driver may not be able to see what is directly surrounding their vehicle. Even though these drivers are specially trained and certified to operate vehicles of this size, sometimes that training is neglected or a mishap occurs that leads to one of those 56 fatalities and 1,000 injuries. But how and where do these accidents happen and what are your options if one of them happens to you?
The Facts About Back-Up Accidents
The fact is, accidents involving backing up are a serious issue in the trucking industry, and the industry itself knows that. Approximately 30% of all accidents involving large trucks result from backing up. This isn’t limited to accidents involving death or injury, it also includes property damage. Depending on how well or poorly a truck is backed into position, it can easily strike another vehicle or part of a building. Sometimes a trucker’s insurance company can be notoriously difficult to deal with in order to get fair compensation, so you may want to speak with an attorney who’s experienced in truck accidents. Fortunately, trucking companies are trying to implement better forms of training and learning to reduce the number of accidents that occur.
Who’s At Risk From Truck Backing-Up Accidents?
While you may not see many 18-wheelers backing up on the road, you’re much more likely to see them performing this maneuver in a parking lot or a loading dock. Because of this, people who work in and around building loading docks are especially at risk. Truck drivers are supposed to go slowly as a precautionary measure in avoiding people and objects. They’re also supposed to sound their horn and ensure that their backing up alarm sounds are functioning. Not every driver takes this time and consideration however, and this carelessness can lead to accidents.
Who Is Liable In A Truck Back-Up Accident?
Depending on the trucking company, they or the driver themselves may be liable for the accident. Mississippi uses the standard of comparative negligence when determining damages from an accident. The problem with pursuing damage against a trucking company is finding out who to file the suit against. Some truckers work directly for a company as one of their employees. In this case, as an employee of that company, you can likely file a suit against them with the issue of having to deal with their lawyers and insurance company. However, some truck drivers are hired as independent contractors and not employees, meaning they’re not a representative of a company. These individuals might not have the resources of a large company, but they also may not have the financial means to compensate you for your damages.
Hurt By An 18-Wheeler? Contact Germany Law Firm PLLC
Big trucks can cause big damage when they hit an object or a person. The weight and momentum can be devastating and crushing, which is why these vehicles are supposed to be driven only be certified professionals. Still, accidents can happen and when they do, Germany Law Firm PLLC is the place to turn to. Bob Germany has tackled the big corporations and won. He brings to the table the experience and knowledge to help you give your case the best chance of success. Call Germany Law Firm at (601) 401-6884 for a free consultation. Big problems with big trucks require big solutions; Bob Germany can be that solution.