A Washington truck accident lawyer shares safety tips for pedestrians in regards to sharing the road with commercial tractor-trailers.

WA Truck Crash Lawyer: Truck Safety Tips for Pedestrians


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11/4/2012
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When a commercial truck and a person collide, the consequences are almost always catastrophic and are often fatal. It is extremely important for Seattle pedestrians to understand that not only are trucks more dangerous than other vehicles on the road, they also act differently than other smaller, lighter vehicles.

Here are four safety tips that can help prevent Washington truck and pedestrian accidents:

•    Never walk directly in front of a truck – even a stopped one. Trucks are higher off of the ground than other vehicles. If you walk even a few feet in front of the grill, the driver will not be able to see you. Give trucks plenty of room when crossing in front of them and make eye contact with the driver.
•    Wait for the truck to come to a complete stop before crossing. Never assume a truck is slowing down to stop or that it will stop in time. Trucks are big, heavy vehicles and need more time and space to brake. They could also suffer from a mechanical failure that doesn’t allow them to stop in time.
•    Be aware of wide turns. Especially when driving in cities, trucks must take tight turns that are not designed for vehicles of their length and width. This means that some trucks may drive onto curbs, medians, and sidewalks to make turns. Stay well out of the way of a turning truck.
•    Be aware of erratic behavior. Many trucks in the city are on the job: delivery trucks, UPS trucks, dump trucks, and more. These vehicles may suddenly pull to the curb, start and stop suddenly, or emerge from alleys.

If you or a loved one has been seriously harmed in a truck pedestrian collision, you may deserve compensation. Contact Seattle truck accident attorney Andrew Kim today at 1-800-636-3676 to learn about your case.



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