When a tractor-trailer or semi-trailer are stopped or parked in the roadway or on the shoulder of the road you would think that would keep the vehicle from being involved in a collision. However, even when these large vehicles are inert, passenger vehicles can crash into them. These collisions, which are sometimes called blocking accidents can happen in different situations and in some cases, may have severe or even deadly consequences.
When Blocking Accidents Commonly Occur
A blocking accident can happen when a passenger vehicle hits a tractor-trailer or semi-trailer while trying to back up or make a turn. In many cases, the trucks are parked or stopped inappropriately. These collisions can also occur when another vehicle rear-ends a parked or stopped truck. Additionally, a blocking accident can take place when a driver runs off the roadway and hits a truck which is stopped or parked on the shoulder of the road.
Common Causes for Blocking Accidents
In many instances, blocking accidents may occur when a driver is distracted, fatigued, or driving while impaired. However, collisions may also be the result of the truck not having adequate reflective safety markings or being parked unsafely. Accidents may also occur because the driver failed to use their hazard lights or reflective triangles to help other vehicles see them. Additionally, some blocking crashes may happen because of adverse weather conditions.
After the Accident
When a smaller vehicle collides with a more massive tractor-trailer, there can be significant injuries and fatalities. The first thing to do after the accident is to call for medical attention if needed. You should also summon the police to take a report. If you are able, get out of your vehicle and position yourself a safe distance from the crash. It would be beneficial if you were able to photograph and video the scene and gather contact information from witnesses. Get the other driver’s insurance information and contact your insurer to report the crash and begin the claims process. If you do not seek medical attention immediately, be sure to have someone take pictures of any injuries you sustained and keep a record of how you are feeling each day. As soon as you are able, you should get in touch with an experienced truck accident attorney to evaluate your case.
If you have been injured due to a collision with a parked or stopped truck, the experienced truck accident attorneys at the Draper Firm are here and ready to help. At the Draper Law Office, we have experience assisting clients with all aspects of their motor vehicle accident cases. Contact us today online or call (866) 767-4711. We serve the greater Central Florida area with offices located in Kissimmee, Orlando, and St. Cloud.