Backing accidents are those commercial trucking accidents that occur when a truck driver backs out of a parking space, garage, driveway, loading ramp, or lot. Backing accidents are one of the most common types of trucking accidents. In fact, by some estimates, one in four trucking accidents is a backing accident. Although they generally do not involve injuries as serious as highway trucking accidents, the risk of injury, death, and property damage is still quite high. Moreover, nearly all backing accidents are preventable, which means that negligence is usually involved.
Large commercial trucks have blind spots that make backing up difficult, but by taking the appropriate precautions truck drivers should be able to back up their truck safely. Some of these precautions include:
•Adequate training and experience
•Using a spotter when backing up
•Equipping trucks with back-up alarms
•Physically inspecting the area in which the truck drivers plans to back up
•Minimizing external noise and other distractions, such as the radio or cell phone
With more than 100 years of combined experience handling accident and injury cases, we are committed to obtaining just compensation for victims and their families of commercial trucking accidents and take great pride in our proven track record of success, including a $13 million verdict in a trucking accident case.
It is important to act quickly if you have been involved in a truck backing accident in order to get the medical attention that you need, assemble and preserve the necessary evidence, and begin launching your legal strategy. Like all commercial trucking accidents, truck backing accidents should include the advice and counsel of a trained trucking accident attorney like the Chicago trucking attorneys at Cogan & Power.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck backing accident, contact the skilled Chicago trucking accident attorneys at Cogan & Power for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.