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What Drivers Need to Know: Common Reasons for Truck Accidents at Intersections

Front St. and 9th is one of the busiest intersections in Boise. Cars, trucks, pedestrians and cyclists all have to share the same area, and work on getting through it by yielding to each other. Although traffic often flows seamlessly without incident—unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Truck accidents occur every day at intersections, and can cause severe and devastating injuries to those involved. Knowing why these dangerous collisions occur could help prevent you from becoming the next victim.

Nighttime Is Dangerous

Driving through an intersection at night is extremely dangerous, primarily because of low visibility. The sides of long vehicles may not be visible to drivers, which can cause the vehicles to turn into them. Pedestrians, cyclists, and other smaller vehicles, are also often difficult for truckers to see—especially when there is an absence of street lights or the biker or pedestrian isn’t wearing reflective clothing. Not adhering to traffic control devices, such as those that tell pedestrians when to cross the street, is also a reason for intersection collisions.

Trucks Take More Time to Stop and Go

Smaller vehicles are able to stop and accelerate much quicker than larger trucks are able to. For this reason, trucks often take longer to make their ways through intersections when starting from a complete stop. The vehicles behind the truck may not realize just how slow the truck is traveling and collide with it as a result.

Truck accidents in Boise can leave victims with life-changing injuries that can lead to costly medical bills and time away from work. You have enough to deal with without worrying about how you are going to make ends meet now that you are too injured to work.

The attorneys of the Morton Law Offices want to help you receive the compensation you may be entitled to. Contact us today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers about your situation.

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Alan Morton
Advocate for Justice/Trial Lawyer