Commercial vehicles are an important part of the economy in Pennsylvania. These vehicles help to bring commercial goods to and from the state. Without these trucks, commercial goods could be significantly more expensive for individuals throughout the United States. However, despite the benefits of these trucks, commercial vehicles pose a danger to individuals on the roadways. These large trucks can cause dangerous truck accidents that leave individuals with serious and life-threatening injuries.
Truck accidents do not just occur between trucks and other vehicles. Often, pedestrians are victims in these dangerous accidents. When a truck accident involves a pedestrian, the outcome can be devastating.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are ways that pedestrians can protect themselves from dangerous truck accidents. First, pedestrians can make themselves visible to other drivers including trucks. By wearing brightly colored clothing, individuals can make it easier for truck drivers to notice them.
Pedestrians can also take care of their surroundings. People should make sure that they watch for trucks and stay out of the trucks' blind spots. Individuals should also make sure that they leave trucks plenty of room when walking near sidewalks. Trucks can sometimes take very wide turns and run onto the sidewalk in the process. Individuals should be aware of this risk and leave plenty of space when the truck is turning near them.
Additionally, people should note that trucks take much longer to stop than other vehicles. When entering a crosswalk, individuals should make sure that the truck has plenty of time to stop in order to avoid an accident.
The responsibility to avoid a truck accident is not left solely on a pedestrian. Instead, truck drivers are responsible for driving safely around all sorts of individuals. If a truck driver causes an accident with a pedestrian, that truck driver can be held financially responsible for the damages that occur. An attorney can help individuals understand when they may be entitled to compensation from a negligent truck driver.