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Tips for Pedestrian Safety around Large Trucks

By Lipton Law on October 14, 2011 - No comments

In Metro Detroit and other cities, many people walk in order to get where they’re going. City streets are also frequently used by semi trucks and other large trucks making deliveries. Pedestrian-truck crashes can cause serious injury because pedestrians are difficult for a truck driver to see and have no protection against the damage a crash can cause.

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offers the following tips for pedestrians on staying safe around large trucks:

Pay attention to walkways. Always use sidewalks and crosswalks when they are available, but be ready to move out of the way if you see a large truck, especially at an intersection. Semi trucks need more space than a passenger car in order to maneuver, and they may also ride up onto a sidewalk or curb while making a right turn. Be prepared to move if a large truck needs to get through.

Never assume a truck will stop. Large trucks need significantly more distance to stop than passenger vehicles, motorcycles, or bicycles. Even if a truck driver sees you crossing the street, he or she may not be able to stop the truck in time to avoid hitting you. Let large trucks pass before you cross a street.

Take extra care around wide loads. Extra-wide or extra-long loads make a driver less likely to see you. They also need even more space to stop, back up and turn than an ordinary semi. If you see a wide load, stay well away from the truck to avoid a collision.

Large truck accidents can cause serious injury, especially to pedestrians. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident and need help, call the experienced Michigan truck accident attorneys at Lipton Law today. We can help you protect your legal rights and seek compensation from insurance companies and other parties. For a free consultation, call us today at 248-557-1688.