Truck Accident Attorney Provides Tips For Backing Up Your Truck

Backing up is the cause of a large number of truck accidents each year. Trucks have many blind spots which can make it difficult for the driver to see what is behind or to the sides of the truck, and it's easy to accidentally back into something if you can't see it! StolzenbergCortelli, LLP, a NY truck accident law firm, provides the following tips for backing up your truck:

  • Eliminate Distractions: Backing up a truck is challenging enough without distractions. Turn off the radio, stop talking on your hands-free phone, and concentrate on the task at hand.
  • Get Out of the Truck and Look: Many truck drivers find getting out of the truck and physically looking behind their vehicle and to the sides will help them see what the situation is. You will see anything you can't see using your mirrors when you jump out to check. If you need to back up to within a certain distance, you can always stop and get out again to see how much room you have.
  • Use a Spotter: If backing your truck up into a difficult area, ask someone to spot for you. Have them stand off to the side out of your blind spot, where they can see the space you need to back into. They can use their hands to direct you into the spot.
  • Check Space for Area: Before backing into an area or garage, make sure your truck will actually fit. This includes the width, length and height – don't forget to check overhead to make sure your truck fits height-wise, too.

Learning to safely back up your truck will help you avoid potential truck accidents, and eliminate your need for a truck accident attorney! If you do find yourself in a truck accident, contact a NY truck accident attorney for a free consultation of your case.