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Can Reflective Red and White Tape Really Prevent Serious Tractor Trailer Accidents?

When we think about semi-trucks, we think about their size and how much space they take up on the road. Many motorists have no idea about all the safety measures that go into these trucks to try to help prevent Virginia tractor trailer accidents from happening.  

Retroreflective tape is something that has been installed on trucks over 10,000 lbs. This tape is the red and white striped lines you see on the back of trucks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) requires trucks to have the tape on the bottom and sides of all trailers exceeding a specific weight.

The purpose of retroreflective tape is to allow for better visibility to other motorists. Often times tractor trailers are difficult to see from a distance, especially at night. The reflective tape utilizes the headlights of a vehicle to reflect back at the driver that they are quickly approaching a large truck and need to proceed with caution. The tape is not only useful in the dark, but also during the daytime. If a motorists is able to see something reflecting in their view they are able to correct their speed and distance to prevent a possibly fatal accident.

The NHTSA believes the tape will prevent 200-300 lost lives, 3,000-5,000 injuries, and thousands of serious or fatal accidents. They feel the tape will make the most significant difference when it comes to flat bed trucks. These trucks are especially low to the ground and usually at the viewpoint of motorists. This low profile also makes it even more difficult to see in the dark. The NHTSA found that the only downside to the tape is that it can get dirty. Dirt masks the reflective properties needed to be effective. 

A Warrenton tractor trailer accident can be very scary and overwhelming. With the right knowledge and direction, this traumatizing event can become more manageable. Attorneys at Dulaney, Lauer & Thomas are here to help you in your time of need. They have many knowledgeable lawyers on their staff to answer any questions or concerns you might have about your tractor trailer accident.