Recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) conducted a study that determined when winds are greater than 25 miles per hour, 18-wheelers are far more difficult to control. The basic science of this determination is that once winds reach a certain speed and wind resistance mounts on one side of the truck, it can cause that truck to tip over. Oftentimes, these gruesome accidents occur on overpasses, highways, bridges, and open prairies. Please continue reading and reach out to our experineced Arizona personal injury attorney to learn more about how to prevent truck accidents and what to do if you have been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What can cause a wind-related 18-wheeler accident?
There are various ways in which wind can contribute to a serious truck accident, including high crosswinds, a truck driver failing to adequately respond to inclement weather conditions, and an improperly loaded truck. High crosswinds essentially mean that sometimes, a strong gust of wind will come along and cause a truck to topple over. Failing to properly load cargo can cause a truck to become off-balance, and once high winds kick it, the truck can more easily tip. Finally, when a truck driver is on the road, it is his or her responsibility to plan accordingly, meaning he or she should check beforehand to account for potential high winds, and they must also respond to high winds accordingly by slowing down, pulling over, or otherwise.
What are some of the most common types of truck accidents?
The most common types of truck accidents are as follows:
- Rollover accidents: This is when a heavy gust of wind hits a truck and it rolls onto its side. This frequently injures other motorists on the road due to its sheer size.
- Jackknife accidents: When a truck driver brakes too hard, the trailer of the truck can trail behind at a 90-degree angle, often clipping other motorists on the road simultaneously.
- Lost load accidents: This is when negligently-loaded cargo falls out of the trailer and onto the road.
If you are someone who has recently been injured in an Arizona truck accident, the most important thing you can do, after receiving medical treatment, is to speak with an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney who can gather and present all the evidence needed to prove your personal injury claim. Our firm is here to help–all you have to do is ask.
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