Commercial Trucks and Pedestrian Accidents
Large trucks, big rigs, and semi-trailers can be involved in many types of accidents. Perhaps there are few more tragic than those involving pedestrians.
When a pedestrian is struck by a commercial vehicle, the resulting injuries are likely to be catastrophic, if not fatal.
Causes of Truck Accidents Involving Pedestrians
Trucks often need to travel along the main streets of a city or down neighborhood side roads as drivers make deliveries. Pedestrians sometimes assume these truckers can easily spot them, since their cabs are so high off the ground.
Unfortunately, the reality is that the size of commercial trucks creates large blind spots for drivers. Typical truck maneuvers that may lead to accidents involving pedestrians include:
- Right-hand turns. These incidents occur when a truck driver hastily makes a right-hand turn, striking a pedestrian who just entered the crosswalk.
- Backing up. If a trucker fails to notice a pedestrian behind the rig, there might be a problem. Children are particularly vulnerable to injury from these accidents, since they can be more difficult to spot in rearview mirrors.
- Exiting a highway ramp. Trucks exiting a highway are often still traveling at high speeds, and may be unprepared to stop for pedestrians at nearby intersections.
- Driving through rest stops and fuel stops. Truckers can easily become disoriented when visiting an unfamiliar rest stop or fuel stop, and this confusion may result in striking a pedestrian in their path.
Injury Compensation and Wrongful Death Claims
If you suffered loss due to the irresponsible actions of a truck driver, you deserve compensation. You’re entitled to damages for medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering for the resulting injuries.
If you lost a loved one due to the complications they suffered from being struck by a truck driver, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim. This may include damages to cover funeral and burial costs, loss of financial support, and loss of companionship. To learn more about what the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., can do for you, visit us on Facebook.