What Drivers Can Do After Parked Truck Crashes

If you have rear-ended or side-swiped a parked truck, you may have assumed that you were at fault, but that may not be the case. Tractor-trailer drivers must follow stringent federal traffic laws when they pull off in a travel lane or onto a traffic shoulder. These rules apply whether they are on an interstate highway or a local road. PS. For a vehicle accident lawyer, contact us today.

18-wheelers are behemoths. When a car hits these trucks, the impact can grievously injure or even kill the driver or passengers.

For those who have been in parked truck crashes, an experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help. Remember, truckers work on tight schedules from demanding companies, but that does not permit them to behave irresponsibly, whether driving or parked.

This guide will help you hold trucking companies and their employers accountable and discover how to seek the maximum amount of compensation following a crash.

What Do Truckers Need to Do to Prevent Parked Truck Crashes?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has laid out explicit, specific regulations for times when a trucker pulls over.

At a minimum, the truck driver must:

  • Immediately activate their emergency flashing lights
  • Within ten minutes, place flares, reflective triangles, or other warning signs around the truck

Regulations describe the precise number of warning signs display, how to place signs to alert drivers in both directions, and the distance at which warning signs must be placed around a stopped vehicle. Furthermore, the requirements listed above are only the most basic obligations truck drivers must meet.

Truckers must provide additional warnings in potentially dangerous circumstances, such as:

  • On a hill
  • In residential areas
  • In business districts
  • Where sightlines are obscured
  • On one-way roads
  • At a curve in the road
  • When the truck is leaking potentially dangerous material, such as a flammable liquid

States, counties, and municipalities may also enforce additional requirements for stopped trucks.

Furthermore, a person injured in a crash with a parked truck, or the family of someone killed in such a collision, may contend that a truck driver behaved negligently or recklessly even if they followed the law. The driver could have stopped their vehicle in such a way as to create an unreasonable and unsafe traffic condition.

For example, a family may seek damages if a truck stopped very close to the side of a fast-moving highway near an intersection. Even though the truck driver may have placed warning signs, deciding to park so close to cross traffic may have been an unreasonable decision because it made the road unsafe for other drivers to navigate.

How Drivers Can Seek Compensation After Parked Truck Crashes

Drivers may seek damages to pay for medical expenses, damage to personal property, and lost wages following a crash with a parked truck. In cases in which drivers are killed, their dependents may file a wrongful death claim to recover money to pay for funeral expenses, damages to cover lost future earnings and benefits, and compensation for their pain and suffering.

An experienced attorney can help victims or their families determine whether the truck driver was legally at fault and fight for the maximum amount of damages. Remember that in parked truck crashes, the defendant is likely to be represented by a corporation or insurance company, so it may be wise to consult with an experienced attorney to fight on your behalf.

Larson & Miller Represents People Injured in Parked Truck Crashes in Missouri

The attorneys at Larson & Miller have more than 100 years of experience combined. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a crash with a parked truck in Missouri, call our law offices today at (417) 890-6677.

Our legal team provides free case reviews to help you determine whether you are likely to be successful in court and can help you begin to advocate for the maximum amount of damages from the trucking company.