Lack of visibility and proper reflectors are two of the leading causes of accidents involving big rigs in the United States. Liability in these accidents can fall on both the driver and the trucking company.
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What’s the problem?
Two of the leading causes of commercial truck accidents on U.S. roads are lack of visibility and lack of reflectors on the truck that help other vehicles see it from a distance. If tractor trailers do not have the proper reflectors installed, other vehicles will not be able to properly see the truck ahead of them, next to them, or behind them. When smaller passenger vehicles are unable to see the side of a big rig truck, especially at night, and try to change lanes, this can be a recipe for disaster.
In 1999, the federal government created a law requiring that all tractor-trailers carry reflectors that outline the bottom edge of the trailer. The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) claimed the change would prevent drivers from plowing into the side of trucks or driving under trucks. According to the FHA, this change would save 100 lives and prevent 1,700 injuries over the next decade. As of 2009, commercial trucks cause 5,000 deaths and 130,000 injuries annually on the roads and highways of the United States.
Liability in these types of accidents falls on the truck driver and the trucking company. All trucks purchased and operated by a trucking company should come equipped with reflectors. If they do not, the company is responsible for equipping the truck with the necessary reflectors. Additionally, if the truck driver notices his or her truck does not have the necessary reflectors and fails to take the proper steps to remedy the situation, the driver and the company can be held accountable.
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