Our Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers recognize the paradox posed by the fact that many trucking accidents occur because drivers simply cannot see tractor-trailers at night. It may seem counter-intuitive to think that drivers would have a hard time seeing tractor-trailers given their massive size and length. While drivers typically do not have a problem seeing and identifying a tractor-trailer during the daytime, a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveals that increasing the obviousness with which a tractor-trailer can be seen can prevent nighttime tractor-trailer collisions where a commercial truck is hit from behind or the side.
A study by the NHTSA found that complete implementation of the use of reflective tape, which is required by NHTSA and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, increases the visibility of tractor-trailers to drivers of other vehicles at night. Vehicles that fail to comply with these regulations can make it difficult for drivers to distinguish a tractor-trailer from the side or rear on a poorly lit road after dark. If a tractor-trailer is not properly marked with reflective tape so that you cannot see the commercial truck in time to avoid a side or rear impact collision, this fact alone may give you the basis to file a personal injury lawsuit. The experienced Atlanta trucking accidents lawyers at Montlick and Associates have been representing Atlanta trucking accident victims for almost three decades with compassion and dedication. We fight hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve, so contact us today at 1-800-LAW-NEED.