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Driver carelessness. If driver is momentarily inattentive, they may not see a trailer that has been inadequately pulled to side of road, or a trailer that is across highway as result of a u-turn or a wide turn in case of a truck entering a roadway.
The positioning of truck may cause a trailer underride accident.
Road conditions. Slick road conditions increase stopping time for a car approaching a tractor trailer underride situation.
Surrounding (ambient) lighting which can reflect off of truck and cause truck to blend in with its surrounding, forming a sort of accidental camaflouge, especially on a silver truck. In fact often reflective red/oraqnge colors match neon lights from surrounding businesses.
Road lighting. A lack of road lighting can make it very difficult to see outline of tractor truck's trailer. Especially a dark colored trruck trailer such as a dark blue, brown or black trailer. This makes it nearly impossible for driver of passenger car to see truck in time to stop and prevent a trailer underride.
Dirty tractor trailers case accidents. When dirt collects on reflective tape, it becomes inefficeint at reflecting light and loses its protective warning qualities. Frequent washing of truck is a must to give passenger car driver a chance to prevent a side underride accident with tractor trailer!
What is most common danger that creates a Tractor Trailer Underride Accident?
Truck driver making a u-turn or a wide-turn. This is not a sudden u-turn. Rather, this is a situation where often truck has made it already half way around. In fact, cab of truck is often facing oncoming traffic. That fact makes it even more deceiving to oncoming traffic, since they belive that truck is already facing them, with trailer straight behind it, rather than reality - with tractor truck's trailer stretched across oncoming car's path of transit.
by: Michael Monheit, Esquire of Monheit Law, P.C. Toll Free: 866-761-1385 Truck Accident Lawyer