In Kansas, trucking accidents often happen at night. Despite their massive size, when it’s dark, the huge trailers can be hard to see. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study that showed trailer visibility affects the rate of night time trucking accidents where the truck is either hit from behind or the side.
So if you were injured in a trucking accident at night, what most people in Wichita, Derby or Andover don’t realize is that trucks are required by the NHTSA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to use reflective tape. Without doing so, the visibility of their truck and trailer are greatly reduced. By not following these regulations, it is tricky for drivers to see the trailer at night or on a poorly lit road. In fact the reduction in visibility is about the same as someone driving at night with their lights off.
If you have been injured in a side or rear impact collision where the truck wasn’t properly marked with reflective tape, making it impossible to see the trailer in time to stop, you may have a basis to file a personal injury claim.
If you have had a Kansas car wreck injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recover. Call us today at 316-269-1414. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.
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Ray Hodge & Associates proudly represents victims and their families across the state of Kansas, including Wichita, Andover, Derby, Goddard, Haysville, Mulvane, Rose Hill, Newton, El Dorado and Hutchinson. Call today for a free consultation all over the state of Kansas. We have proudly served clients in Sedgwick, Butler, Sumner, Harvey, Kingman and Reno Counties.