New Braunfels Attorney for Inadequate Reflectors and Low Visibility Accidents
Truck Accident Lawyer in Seguin, San Marcos, and South Central Texas
Conditions that cause poor visibility, such as fog, or heavy rain or snow, require extra caution on the part of every driver. Yet it is even more important for semi-truck drivers to be particularly diligent when there is low visibility on the roadways. Big-rigs can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, and when they are involved in a wreck with a passenger vehicle, the results can be devastating.
Lights and Reflectors for Big-Rigs
Due to their larger size, 18-wheelers are required to employ safety mechanisms in addition to those on the standard passenger vehicle. This includes multiple sets of lights and a specific number of reflectors on the sides and back of the truck. Trucking companies are required by federal law to install the right type and the correct number of reflectors in specific locations on the trucks in their fleet.
When this is not done, the trucking operators are held liable for any resulting truck crash. However, lights and reflectors alone are not enough to prevent a truck accident caused by poor visibility, especially when it is combined with another truck crash risk factor such as driver fatigue or dangerous roads.
Decreased Visibility Requires Extra Caution
It's critical that truck drivers use good judgment in determining whether or not to stay on the road when visibility is extremely limited due to weather conditions. Additionally, trucks can face limited visibility due to other conditions such as very steep or winding roads.
In these situations, semi-truck operators are responsible for making adjustments in their driving to accommodate their limited visibility. They can be held legally responsible for any truck accident resulting from their lack of attention to these details.
Truck Accident Victims Deserve Efficient and Effective Legal Representation
Many of the Texas truck crashes that result from poor visibility and/or a lack of proper reflectors could have been prevented. If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident in Texas, contact The Bettersworth Law Firm, in New Braunfels, Texas, for a no-obligation consultation. We provide efficient and effective legal representation to truck accident victims and their families. Call 830-606-0404.