Georgia Truck Backing Up Accident and Injury Claims, Attorneys and Lawsuits
Back-up Truck Accidents in Georgia Endanger Motorists, Pedestrians, and Bicyclists
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) will require that all vehicles manufactured on May 1, 2018 or after must have a backup camera. The NHTSA instituted the rule to reduce the incidents of backing accidents that occur annually. The rule applies to all cars, trucks, SUVs, and other vehicle weighing 10,000 pounds or less. The NHTSA opines that dozens of lives will be saved annually and thousands of injuries prevented by application of this new rule. The rule does apply to larger vehicles like buses, large trucks, 18-wheelers, and large heavy trucks which have a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or more as well. At least one study that our truck accident lawyers has found shows that large truck drivers could benefit from installing backing cameras and monitors to stem the tide of deaths and injuries caused by the backing of large trucks.
Backing accidents could be easily prevented in most instances. Most the of the time, the drivers fail to account for all angles in their field of vision before they begin backing up their vehicle. Drivers either forget or ignore the fact that there are huge blind spots to the rear of every vehicle. In truck-backing accidents, there is a very large blind spot to the immediate rear of the truck.
The NHTSA Expects to Save Lives by Passing this Rule
The incidents of backing deaths and injuries in the U.S. should be zero, but that is hardly the case. According to the latest statistics issued by the NHTSA 210 people die annually and over 15,000 suffer injuries of varying degrees from backing accidents. The very young and the older are more susceptible to being involved in backing car and truck crashes. The NHTSA indicated that children five years-of-age or younger are victims of backing crashes 31% of the time. Also, folks 70 and older are involved in fatal or injurious backing accidents.
The NHTSA expects to save lives with its new rule. The NHTSA expects that requiring auto manufacturers to install backing cameras will save between 58 to 69 lives annually. The NHTSA did not calculate the number of injuries prevented by application of this rule
The rule requires the cameras to capture specific dimensions in the viewing monitor. The view displayed on the monitor in the driving compartment must capture a 10-foot by 20-foot area to the immediate rear of the car. The rules require the rear-view camera to come on in the cabin within 2.0 seconds after the driver shifts the vehicle into reverse.
Safety is Imperative When Backing
The NHTSA offers recommendations on safety when backing. The NHTSA recommendations include:
- Teaching children not to play around vehicles,
- Drivers must check around their vehicles, especially large truck operators,
- Back slowly,
- Actively check mirrors before backing and while backing,
- Solely relying on the backing camera and monitor does not ensure complete safety.
Large Truck Operators Admit that Backing Is Extremely Dangerous
Some truck drivers adhere to one very simple principle about backing: do not do it unless you absolutely must. Professional truck drivers acknowledge that backing up a large truck, especially a truck that includes a sleeper berth, is very challenging. But, many experienced commercial truck drivers have the obligation to get out and look around their truck to make sure that backing may be accomplished safely. The key to safely backing is taking the time to get out and look around. Some truck drivers grow lazy and fail to get out and check to see where they are going.
Truckers should follow other safety advisories as well. Those safety recommendations include:
- Moving slowly,
- Avoid using spotters unless they are other professional truck drivers, and
- Try not to back up by using a practice called “blind-siding.”
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