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Side-impact truck collisions can be deadly for bicyclists

Whether you are riding your bicycle in your neighborhood for fun or in heavy city traffic on your way to work, you are likely aware that all motor vehicles are potentially dangerous. Probably the greatest threat is posed by large vehicles such as semi trucks.

Big rig trucks can pose a variety of problems for those on bicycles. For example, semi trucks can have sizable blind spots in which cyclists may be hidden from a driver's view.

It is all too easy for a truck driver to veer into an unseen bicyclist who is riding beside the truck. These sorts of side-impact collisions can be deadly. This is because truck trailers typically have high ground clearance. In a side-impact accident, the rider can be swept under the truck's trailer, where he or she could be run over.

One possible measure that could be adopted to help protect riders is to install what are called "side guards" on trailers. As the name implies, side guards act as barriers that cover the space between the ground and the bottom of the trailer. If a cyclist is struck by a trailer that has side guards, he or she may still be injured, but is far less likely to land in the path of the truck's wheels.

While the mandatory use of side guards has been adopted in other countries, this is not the case in the United States. As such, bicyclists, as well as pedestrians and other road users, remain extremely vulnerable when involved in side-impact crashes with trucks.

If you or a loved one was injured in a side-impact truck accident, you may wish to take the matter to a Texas personal injury attorney. The attorney could investigate the accident and help you get appropriate compensation for medical and other expenses.

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