Trucking accidents involving tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, 18-wheelers
and other large commercial vehicles happen every day and for all sorts
of reasons. The driver might be fatigued and fall asleep. He might be
poorly trained or driving while drugged or drunk. His vehicle might be
Crashes involving large trucks are particularly devastating. The average
80,000 pounds, while the average passenger car weighs about
4,000 pounds. When the two collide in a
trucking accident, the odds of the passenger car occupants escaping injury are slim.
Truck accidents take many forms. Rollovers are one of the most common.
This happens when the driver takes a curve too fast. The truck tilts away
from the curve, and if it tilts too far, then the truck rolls on its side.
A truck might also roll over if its load is not secure and shifts during
a curve. A rollover might occur if the truck drives over a curb or uneven ground.
Jackknifing is another form of trucking accident. In this case, the driver
hits the brakes too fast, causing the trailer to slide at a 90 degree
angle to the cab. This can happen very quickly, giving the driver little
time to react. Jackknifing trucks are essentially out of control and can
easily skid into other cars on the road.
Tire blowouts happen on any kind of vehicle, but truck tire blowout accidents
are particularly dangerous. When a tire on a large truck ruptures, the
truck can start to slide and slam into nearby vehicles. A manufacturing
defect or over-inflated or under-inflated tires might cause such a rupture.
Have you been injured in a trucking accident? If so,
contact us. We are Odegaard Braukmann Law, PLLC, and we are here to protect your rights.