Riding a bicycle or walking around the city is good for your health and the environment. It’s also a great way to explore and appreciate Las Vegas’ attractions. However, large trucks present a tremendous risk to cyclists and pedestrians. In the past year, there have been multiple reports of trucks causing fatal pedestrian and cycling accidents.
Truckers have limited visibility
Due to their massive size, trucks may create blind spots or areas that limit driver visibility. Unfortunately, if there are pedestrians or bicycles near these blind spots, there is a chance that the driver will not see them. When the trucker makes a turn or changes lanes, and they do not see that there is a smaller vehicle or a person around the truck, they may cause an accident.
Most truck accidents involving pedestrians occur when a truck is making a turn at an intersection. This is because the driver usually anticipates traffic and other pedestrians to come from the opposite side, leaving the other unattended. Studies also show that drivers sometimes fail to check for pedestrians and cyclists at all because their attention is so divided.
What can pedestrians and cyclists do to avoid accidents?
Aside from blind spots, there are many other reasons why truck drivers may collide with pedestrians and bikers. Some common reasons include distracted driving, drunk driving, drowsy driving or bad weather. Therefore, it is important to practice caution to stay safe.
To reduce the risk of accidents, pedestrians and cyclists may explore the following:
- Increase visibility by wearing bright or reflective clothing
- Cross the street at the designated crosswalk
- Maintain a safe distance from the road or large trucks
- Stay alert by avoiding distractions such as texting, calling or talking
- Avoid staying on the street for too long
However, there is only so much that pedestrians and cyclists can do. Truck drivers must also take precautions to avoid colliding with other vehicles or pedestrians. After all, colliding with a truck can result in serious injuries, expensive medical bills, missed wages, and pain and suffering. When this happens, the truck driver or the trucking company may be held responsible.