We all try to avoid crashes with large trucks, but sometimes they're unavoidable. Miraculously, no one was seriously injured in the trucking accident that occurred on the 1-75 Pate Road Bridge in Monroe County on Sunday.
It was reported that a car hit a tractor-trailer that had left the road and overturned. Tractor-trailers are susceptible to rollovers because of their high center of gravity and/or unstable loads.
Causes of Tractor-Trailer Rollover Crashes
There are several factors that can lead to large truck rollover accidents: When tractor-trailers take an interstate exit ramp too fast; when a car in front of them is traveling slower than expected and they need to quickly brake or change lanes; when they take curves too fast; or when high speeds cause their loads to shift. In addition to speed, other factors that contribute to tractor-trailer rollovers include sleep deprivation, distracted driving or inattention, operator error, problems with the vehicle itself, or other drivers.
Driver Safety Around Large Trucks
If you are driving a motor vehicle, be aware of tractor-trailers that are exceeding the speed limit, swerving or driving recklessly. Try to avoid being next to them when they are turning, exiting the interstate, or changing lanes.
Passenger Vehicle and Large Truck Crashes
All motor vehicle accidents are scary and can leave you shaken. Tractor-trailer accidents are especially devastating because of their size and the likelihood of serious injury or death.
It is not uncommon for people who have been injured in a tractor-trailer accident to need future, ongoing medical treatment. Insurance companies may offer quick settlements in order to avoid paying any future claims. We are experienced with handling all types of tractor-trailer claims. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a tractor-trailer accident you should always seek the advice of an attorney in order to get the full and fair compensation that you will need.