One thing you should know about delivery trucks in your neighborhood – they should never stop to make a delivery when their only exit route is to back up. Instead, they should always stop in a location where the truck can exit without reversing. These large trucks have huge blind spots that make it impossible for the driver to see when in reverse, making it very dangerous for bicyclists, like the client represented by Gloria Seidule in this case.
Sandy(not her real name) was out for her morning bike ride on the sidewalk in her neighborhood. A Federal Express truck driver had pulled into a driveway to make a delivery to get closer to the door because it had started to rain. As Sandy rode her bike behind the truck, the driver hit her as he was backing out of the driveway.
Sandy was seriously injured and required low back and shoulder surgery. She was out of work for many months and fell behind in her bills. She hired Gloria Seidule to hold the trucking company accountable for her injuries. After filing a lawsuit, obtaining policies and procedures from the company, arguing against the company’s position that Sandy was at fault, the case resolved. Sandy now has the money necessary to pay her medical bills, lost wages and for the months of her life spent rehabilitating from her injuries.