Accidents between pedestrians and trucks (industrial vehicles) often result in severe injuries or fatalities. As such, numerous non-profits and governments conduct studies to improve the safety of pedestrians and trucks. One study analyzed the interplay between pedestrians, trucks and avoidance systems. This post will go over the basics of the study and what it means for pedestrian safety involving trucks.
A study of heavy trucks found that 79 percent of accidents with pedestrians involved the front of the truck. Furthermore, the vast majority of accidents resulted in severe injuries. Finally, most of these accidents occurred at speeds between 40 to 50 miles per hour.
Based on these findings, it appears that most accidents are due to the distraction of the truck driver at medium speeds. The purpose of the study was to identify possible passive systems that could prevent future accidents. This study indicates that loud alarms or lights triggered by proximity alarms could significantly reduce the rate of pedestrian and truck accidents.
Were you injured in a truck accident? If you were, then you may want to contact a skilled attorney to review your options for compensation. You could have a valid claim for damages. As stated above, accidents involving truck accidents are often severe or even fatal. You probably aren't thinking about it, but you will need money to pay for your medical bills and other expenses associated with the accident. A lawyer may be able to help you get the money you need to pay these bills.