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Reflective Tape Problems

In addition to guard rails placed along the back of a trailer, reflective tape has emerged as an important preventative method for stopping under-ride accidents. This tape appears brightly at night when struck by a car’s headlamps, letting drivers know where a trailer is when it might otherwise be difficult to see. However, this tape has limitations, meaning that truck drivers cannot assume that they are always highly visible.

If you have been injured in an under-ride accident because of a truck driver’s negligence, you may be able to recover financial compensation through a civil lawsuit. For a consultation regarding your legal options after an injury, contact the truck accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 today.

Tape Failures

Reflective tape only works as it should when light reflects off its surface. This means that circumstances that would break up a beam of light or otherwise cover up the tape would render the tape practically useless. In particular, the following problems may arise:

  • Poor reflection when drivers turn or keep lights off, such as dusk and dawn
  • Poor reflection in heavy fog
  • Poor reflection when covered by dirt, grime, or snow
  • Lack of reflection if covered by a logo or sticker
  • No reflection up to a certain distance from headlights

In these situations, truck drivers need to realize that additional safety precautions need to be taken. Signaling regularly and even adding lights to the side and rear of the truck can help. Additionally, double-checking around blind spots and before turning can reduce accidents and injuries caused by trucks.

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If you have been injured on the road by a negligent or reckless truck driver, you may be entitled to pursue legal action. To learn more about what compensation could be available for you, contact the auto accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874.

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