Conspicuity is a term used to describe how well something is visible under current circumstances. In order to increase conspicuity on commercial trucks, things like reflective tape are required. The trucking industry has implemented these standards in hopes of decreasing accidents related to poor visibility. These rules apply to all trucks manufactured since 1993, the retrofitting of any trucks older than this and all tractor-trailers built since 1997. The final rule, which came in 1992, was required for trucks with a width of at least 80 inches and a weight of more than 10,000 pounds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires either red or white reflectors. These reflectors must be placed on the rear, lower rear, upper rearm and sides of the truck. Without these reflectors, drivers are in danger of getting involved in collisions with large trucks, especially in underride accidents.
If you were involved in an accident with a truck that did not possess the necessary reflective treatment then you are likely entitled to compensation. Trucking companies can be fined and deemed responsible for trucks that they do not give proper maintenance to. Proper maintenance includes the outfitting of these vehicles with reflectors. Getting into a collision with a large truck likely means serious injury. If you sustained a serious injury from a truck accident then you have every right to seek legal help. When truck drivers make unsafe lane changes without the proper reflective tape, drivers are given little warning to notice and avoid accident. Get in touch with a truck accident attorney at our firm to see how we can fight to get you the compensation that you deserve.