Bicyclists are already at a disadvantage in any vehicle collision accident but are even more so when it is a large truck. In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that over 400 bicyclists were killed and over 3,000 injured by large commercial vehicles. Due to the difference in size and a lack of visibility on the part of the truck driver, people walking or riding their bikes are in danger when traveling near these large trucks.
Truck visibility Issues: Always an Issue in bike and pedestrian crash cases
Large trucks have a much harder time seeing the cars, bicyclists, and pedestrians around them due to the design of their vehicles. These blind spots where truck drivers cannot see cars or passenger vehicles are a significant issue in highway accidents. However, the areas where a trucker cannot see a bicyclist or pedestrian are even more extensive. This problem becomes increasingly dangerous on city streets and rural roads where cyclist and pedestrians are more likely to be present.
Large trucks, especially semi-trailer trucks, will not be able to see bicyclists that are riding alongside them, directly in front of them or directly behind them. These blind spots are much larger than with a car since the bicyclist is much smaller and extremely dangerous when a truck is turning and cannot see the bicyclist on its left or right.
Semi-Truck Collisions at Intersections: Who is to blame?
One of the most dangerous areas a bicyclist or pedestrian can encounter a large truck is at an intersection. Right turning truck drivers will not be able to see pedestrians or cyclist on their right who may be attempting to cross a street that a commercial vehicle is turning. While the pedestrian or cyclist may have the right-of-way and the truck most likely will be at fault for the accident if they hit them, these types of accidents are often deadly for those on the ground.
Another issue with large trucks is a large turning ratio. Although the pedestrian or cyclist may think they are not in the path of a turning truck, these large vehicles can swing into other lanes as they try to turn right or left. Unsuspecting victims can suddenly find the back end of a large truck suddenly right where they are walking or riding.
Cyclist Accidents When Trucks Are Backing Up
Another situation where large trucks and pedestrians collide is when the truck is backing up and does not see the pedestrian or bicyclist behind them. Although many large trucks have large mirrors and even backup cameras, these do not necessarily give them the ability to see everything behind them or approaching the area.Lawyers representing pedestrians and cyclists in all types of trucking collisions in Chicago and throughout Illinois
Pedestrians and bicyclists are in grave danger of a severe injury or fatality if a large truck hits them. These injuries can be life-altering and devastating for the victims and their families. Cases involving these types of accidents are complicated because there may be multiple parties that may be financially responsible.
Our team of truck accident lawyers at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has successfully represented many pedestrians and bicyclists that have been victims of truck accidents. We will fight to get you and your family the highest award possible for your injuries. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys; no fee is ever charged until we obtain financial compensation in your case.
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