A Washington truck accident attorney explains why commercial trucks present a special hazard to pedestrians in Seattle.

Seattle Truck Accident Lawyer: Why Commercial Trucks Are a Danger for Pedestrians

Last month, we covered the story of a double-amputee pedestrian who was struck by a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Cherry Street and 12th Avenue in Seattle. The truck driver didn’t stop at the impact – though the man’s wheelchair was later found lodged under the truck. The accident victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious and life-threatening injuries.

While we have written several articles about why tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and commercial trucks are more dangerous than other vehicles on our interstates and highways, it is also important to understand that these large, heavy, and loud vehicles also pose a greater danger to pedestrians than other vehicles do. Why?

•    Truckers have large blind spots. Trucks are long, wide, and high off the ground. The truck driver sitting in his cab has difficulty seeing directly behind his truck, directly in front of his truck, and diagonally behind his truck. If you can’t see the truck driver from your spot on the ground, he probably can’t see you.
•    Trucks are loud. When sharing the road with pedestrians or driving in the city, drivers often take cues from the noises around them to avoid obstacles and navigate safely through the streets. However, trucks are considerably louder than other vehicles because of their larger, more powerful engines. The result is that the warning noises are often drowned out like in the case above, when a trucker struck a man in a wheelchair without even noticing an impact.
•    Trucks make wide turns. Because of their size, trucks are very difficult to maneuver. When driving in cities, this may mean that they have to drive up onto curbs and sidewalks simply to make a turn. This can be extremely dangerous for pedestrians.
•    Trucks may make frequent or sudden stops. Many trucks in the city are on the job, including dump trucks, mail trucks, and delivery trucks. Be prepared for these trucks to pull over suddenly, stop suddenly, or pull out of alleyways.
•    Trucks take longer to stop. Because of their size and weight, commercial trucks can’t stop on a dime. In some cases, pedestrians may not realize that it can take a considerable number of yards for a truck to come to a complete stop.

If you have been injured in a Seattle traffic accident caused by a commercial truck, speak with a Washington truck accident attorney today. Call Andrew Kim at 800-636-3676 to schedule a free case evaluation.