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Backing-up Truck Wrecks

What are the Most Common Causes of Backing-Up Collisions?

The most common causes of backing-up collisions are (1) visibility, (2) speed, and (3) space.  The industry standard practice is G.O.A.L (Get Out and Look) before backing up.  The CDL Manual instructs drivers to start in the proper position, look at the path, use mirrors on both sides, back slowly, back and turn toward the driver's side, use a helper, use flashers and back up alarms, use speed and space management, and use hazard perception.

A backing collision is considered preventable if the driver:

  • backed up when the backing could have been prevented by better route planning;
  • backed into traffic stream when such backing could have been avoided;
  • failed to get out of the cab and check the proposed path of backward travel;
  • depended solely on mirrors when it was practical to look back;
  • failed to sound the horn while backing;
  • failed to check behind the vehicle parked at the curb before attempting to leave a parking space;
  • relied solely on a guide to help with back up; or
  • backed from a blind side when a sight side approach was available.

These types of collisions can be particularly dangerous, as they often involve the truck driver's blind spots and can result in serious injuries or fatalities. Here are some tips for truck drivers to avoid backing up collisions:

  1. Use a spotter: When backing up, truck drivers should use a spotter to help guide them and alert them to any obstacles or vehicles in their blind spots. The spotter should be trained on how to communicate with the driver and where to stand to ensure maximum visibility.
  2. Check mirrors and cameras: Truck drivers should use their mirrors and any available cameras to check their surroundings before backing up. This includes checking blind spots and ensuring that there are no obstacles or vehicles behind them.
  3. Sound the horn: Truck drivers should sound their horn before backing up, to alert any nearby pedestrians or other drivers of their presence.
  4. Go slowly: When backing up, truck drivers should move slowly and carefully, to avoid collisions and ensure that they have maximum control over their vehicle.
  5. Use warning lights: Truck drivers should use their warning lights, such as hazard lights or flashing lights, to indicate that they are backing up.
  6. Properly maintain backup alarms: Backup alarms are required on most commercial trucks and are designed to alert others when the truck is backing up. Truck drivers should ensure that their backup alarms are properly maintained and functioning, to ensure maximum safety.

By following these tips, truck drivers can reduce the risk of backing up collisions and ensure that they are operating their vehicles safely on the road.

Why Hire a Truck Accident Attorney in Colorado?

Simply put, hiring an experienced truck accident attorney after your accident gives you the best possible chance of ending up with a good outcome in a very bad situation. Numerous parties may be liable for your injuries, and an experienced attorney from Hagen Nares PLLC will be able to identify those parties and determine how best to pursue compensation. The introduction of these other parties, as well as the complicated web of statutes and regulations, means that pursuing a claim requires a special level of expertise.


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