Motor Carriers and Truckers Alike: Whether Making Deliveries Day or Night, Make Sure to Park Safely; Out of Other Motorist’s Line of Sight!

Recently, a jury verdict decided that the driver of a legally parked tractor-trailer truck is responsible to care for those injured in an accident when the tractor-trailer obstructed the vision of passing motorists.

Although parked legally, the tractor-trailer was parked close to an intersection, blocking the view of oncoming traffic. The location of the truck caused a pick-up truck to collide with a motorcyclist; a lawsuit was then filed against the tractor-trailer driver, the driver of the pick-up and the state in which the accident occured for causing personal injury. The plaintiffs won the suit, ending in fault charges against the tractor-trailer, pick-up truck and even the state of occurance.

Evidence of the parked tractor-trailer showed that drivers of such trucks should be professionally trained, (if they are not already) to be aware of its location and the risk of blocking other driver’s view when parking. At the time of the accident, the truck was parked at a high-speed, well-traveled intersection; a safe parking spot was available “around the corner”.

The significance of the Court’s ruling is substantial as it effectively acknowledges that truck drivers to account for the sight lines of passing vehicles, regardless of the legality of the parking location.

Transportation companies should instruct their drivers to seek parking locations that are a safe distance from active [roadways], particularly with adjacent intersections.

Article writer, Brad Hughes

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Published in: on March 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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