By: Enrique Serna
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Types of commercial truck accidents
Driving a semi-trailer truck requires experience, skill, and concentration because of its massive design and heavy top weight, complicated controls, and quick responses. Unfortunately, inexperienced, careless, tired, and distracted drivers are sometimes driving the truck and make basic mistakes that lead to stacking, uncontrolled, being rolled under the truck, rollover, head-on collision.
Multiple stacked vehicle accidents occur when a semitrailer truck runs over multiple cars or when a motorist is unable to stop his car to avoid the scene of a previous accident. Stacked car accidents are common during heavy rain when cars collide with each other when sliding on slippery roads. When multiple parties are involved, determining what happened and providing who is responsible becomes a more complicated process.
Tijera describes the situation in which the driver loses control of the semi-trailer when it takes a sharp curve, the violent movement of the steering wheel causes it to change lines abruptly. The lack of control of the semi-trailer truck causes it to skid from one side to the other, in opposite directions, because the driver is unable to control the vehicle, thus crashing the cars in its path.
Rolled under a truck
Rolling under a truck is when a car gets under the semi-trailer truck. These kinds of accidents are fatal, in the majority, when the car is run over by the truck bed. These accidents happen when the driver of the semi-trailer unexpectedly changes lines and gets on top of a car traveling on the adjacent line or when a car collides from behind the semi-trailer truck, due to the height of the truck bed. The car rolls under the tugboat.
A rollover accident happens when a vehicle rolls onto its side. Commercial vehicle rollovers are common because of the heavy design of the top of the truck and its weight. These accidents can be prevented if the corporation and the driver act responsibly. A driver can overturn his vehicle if he takes a sharp turn or abuses the steering wheel correction with a sudden movement. Momentum, when an improperly secured load suddenly moves, can push the vehicle to the opposite side.
A runaway truck may travel against oncoming traffic resulting in a head-on collision. Other reasons for this kind of accident are when the truck is on a narrow street, when the driver must move to the adjacent line, opposite to the direction of travel, when he falls asleep or when he is sending texts while driving. Even on wide roads, the truck can skid across the dividing line and into the lane with opposing traffic.
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