Tractor Trailer Underride Accidents.

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Driver carelessness. Ifrepparttar driver is momentarily inattentive, they may not see a trailer that has been inadequately pulled torepparttar 119237 side ofrepparttar 119238 road, or a trailer that is acrossrepparttar 119239 highway asrepparttar 119240 result of a u-turn or a wide turn inrepparttar 119241 case of a truck entering a roadway.

The positioning ofrepparttar 119242 truck may cause a trailer underride accident.

Road conditions. Slick road conditions increaserepparttar 119243 stopping time for a car approaching a tractor trailer underride situation.

Surrounding (ambient) lighting which can reflect off ofrepparttar 119244 truck and causerepparttar 119245 truck to blend in with its surrounding, forming a sort of accidental camaflouge, especially on a silver truck. In fact oftenrepparttar 119246 reflective red/oraqnge colors matchrepparttar 119247 neon lights from surrounding businesses.

Road lighting. A lack of road lighting can make it very difficult to seerepparttar 119248 outline ofrepparttar 119249 tractor truck's trailer. Especially a dark colored trruck trailer such as a dark blue, brown or black trailer. This makes it nearly impossible forrepparttar 119250 driver ofrepparttar 119251 passenger car to seerepparttar 119252 truck in time to stop and prevent a trailer underride.

Dirty tractor trailers case accidents. When dirt collects onrepparttar 119253 reflective tape, it becomes inefficeint at reflecting light and loses its protective warning qualities. Frequent washing ofrepparttar 119254 truck is a must to giverepparttar 119255 passenger car driver a chance to prevent a side underride accident withrepparttar 119256 tractor trailer!

What isrepparttar 119257 most common danger that creates a Tractor Trailer Underride Accident?

Truck driver making a u-turn or a wide-turn. This is not a sudden u-turn. Rather, this is a situation where oftenrepparttar 119258 truck has made it already half way around. In fact,repparttar 119259 cab ofrepparttar 119260 truck is often facingrepparttar 119261 oncoming traffic. That fact makes it even more deceiving torepparttar 119262 oncoming traffic, since they belive thatrepparttar 119263 truck is already facing them, withrepparttar 119264 trailer straight behind it, rather than reality - withrepparttar 119265 tractor truck's trailer stretched acrossrepparttar 119266 oncoming car's path of transit.

by: Michael Monheit, Esquire of Monheit Law, P.C. Toll Free: 866-761-1385 Truck Accident Lawyer

Heavy Truck Accidents and Unneccessary Deaths and Serious Injuries

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speeding, running offrepparttar road travel out lane failure to yield

But atrepparttar 119236 root of those causes of heavy truck accidents is often driver fatigue.

"The Safety Board investigated 113 single-vehicle heavy truck accidents in whichrepparttar 119237 driver survived. However, becauserepparttar 119238 96-hour duty/sleep history that was required forrepparttar 119239 study was not available for 6 drivers,repparttar 119240 6 accidents in which these drivers were involved were not included inrepparttar 119241 study. The study, therefore, analyzes data from 107 single-vehicle heavy truck accidents."

Based onrepparttar 119242 results ofrepparttar 119243 analysis,repparttar 119244 NTSB determined that fatigue is a key factor in heavy truck accidents, that hours of service regualtions are a key to preventing heavy truck accidents, that improved education of heavy-truck drivers is important in implementing improved safety about fatigue,

How isrepparttar 119245 cause of a heavy truck accident determined?

Inspectrepparttar 119246 heavy truck including mechanics, tires, brakes Interview witnesses Review police reports Obtain weather report and determine driving conditions

What to do if you were in a heavy truck accident?

When a person is injured or killed in a heavy truck accident they may be able to holdrepparttar 119247 driver and heavy trucking company responsible, as well asrepparttar 119248 companies on whose bahlf a delivery is being made. The damages may include: Wrongful death Physical pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment; Medical and hospital expenses Wage loss and lost earning capacity

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