18-Wheeler Sideswiped Vehicle On I-10 Causing 3 People to Be Thrown into Spillway
Every year, over 80,000 people are injured due to crashes involving tractor-trailers and commercial trucks. A local accident with a big rig happened recently when a tractor-trailer traveling westbound on I-10 accidentally side-swiped a tow truck that was loading an SUV in the right lane. The crash caused all three vehicles to catch on fire. The driver and passenger in the 18-wheeler, as well as the driver of the SUV, were thrown over the bridge into the spillway.
Fortunately, the three people were rescued and transported to the hospital with moderate injuries.
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There are many reasons why a tractor-trailer accident can take place. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety lists the following as common causes of tractor-trailer crashes:
- Failure to Brake in Time: Loaded tractor-trailers require 20%-40% more distance than typical motor vehicles to come to a complete stop. In wet or slick road conditions, this percentage becomes even greater.
- Driver Fatigue: Truck drivers are prohibited from driving more than 11 hours at a time or more than 77 hours over a seven-day period. However, surveys show that trucking companies sometimes demand that truckers exceed these legal driving limits, leading to driver fatigue and slower reaction times.
- Failure to See Surrounding Vehicles: Tractor-trailers have larger blind spots than passenger vehicles, which can make it hard to truckers to see smaller cars on the road. A good rule of thumb: if you cannot see a truck driver’s side-view mirrors, they probably cannot see you.
- Distracted Driving: Just like all other drivers on the road, tractor-trailer drivers must keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel at all times. Especially in large trucks, driving while distracted can have devastating consequences.
- Unbalanced or Oversized Loads: When tractor trailers are loaded improperly or forced to carry more cargo than their legal limit, it can jeopardize the safety of the truck driver, as well as all surrounding vehicles on the road.
- Faulty Safety Equipment: Tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles are required to undergo frequent safety testing. If trucks that failed to pass a safety inspection are allowed to remain in operation, it can lead to devastating accidents.
At Gauthier Amedee, we understand the dangers that 18-wheelers pose to other motor vehicles on the road, and have seen firsthand the devastation these accidents can cause.
When you call, one of our experienced Louisiana Truck Accident attorneys will speak with you for FREE. Tractor trailer accidents can cause serious injury due to the size and weight of these larger commercial vehicles. Gauthier Amedee has the experience you need when you are searching for a Louisiana tractor trailer accident lawyer.
When you contact our law firm, there is never an attorneys fee due up front. And if there is no recovery, there is no attorney’s fee. We’re here to work hard for you and to make sure that your rights are fully protected. If you or a loved one is injured in a tractor-trailer accident, call Gauthier Amedee today at 225-647-1700 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.
Don’t Delay, Call Gauthier Amedee Today.September 25th, 2017