Major Causes of Deadly Accidents When Truckers Speed
An accident with a big-rig truck can be terrifying—even more so when the trucker is speeding. These accidents cause other motorists to suffer serious injuries like paralysis, internal organ damage, traumatic brain injury, serious fractures, and death. The financial toll on the victims and their families can be enormous when they are forced to pay expensive medical bills and deal with the loss of the victim’s wages while he cannot work—if he does not become permanently disabled from the crash. Sadly, these accidents could be prevented if truckers simply drove the speed limit.
Six Ways Truckers Cause Accidents by Speeding
Because of their large size and the increased risk of crashes, trucks are supposed to be driven at a slower speed than other vehicles. However, truckers under constant pressure to deliver their loads on schedule or early often speed. Common ways they cause accidents when driving too fast include:
- Unable to stop. Trucks take longer to slow down and stop due to their massive size. When truckers are speeding, they are often unable to slow down or stop in time—especially when other motorists must do so suddenly due to road conditions. Motorists can suffer life-threatening injuries when they become sandwiched between the truck and another vehicle.
- Driving too fast for weather. When truckers speed in rain, snow, ice, fog, or other dangerous weather conditions, they can lose traction and slide into other vehicles—sometimes causing dangerous multi-vehicle accidents.
- Not being aware of blind spots. Trucks have large blind spots on their sides and behind their trailers. When truckers are speeding, they often fail to see other vehicles in their blind spots when passing—with disastrous results for the victims.
- Unable to maneuver with heavy loads. When trucks transport heavy loads of goods, the loads can shift in transport, making it difficult for the trucker to maneuver his truck and not tip over even when he is driving the speed limit.
- Failing to slow down on curves. Truckers must slow down below the speed limit to safely navigate curves. When they speed, they can lose control of their vehicle and jackknife—causing the truck’s trailer to stretch across multiple lanes of traffic and resulting in a multi-vehicle crash.
- Losing control of the truck. Speeding truckers can lose control of their trucks and crash into vehicles around them or leave the roadway. This can be even more dangerous on hills, steep inclines, and curves.
If you were involved in an accident caused by a speeding trucker, you could have suffered devastating injuries. I urge you to contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible before the trucking company and trucker destroy evidence important to your case. Call me at 888.716.8021 for a free no-obligation consultation to learn about your legal options and how I can assist you.