Crashes involving large rigs continue to happen at an alarming rate throughout the roads of our nation. Whether it’s a passenger car crashing into the back of an eighteen wheeler that stalled in the middle of a road, a large commercial truck that jack-knifes into the opposite traffic lanes and crashes with an SUV or a tractor trailer that spills its cargo of lumber over the road, these accidents are just a few examples of how dangerous our roads can be.
SUV Rear-Ends Stalled Eighteen Wheeler
A young boy is dead because the vehicle in which he was traveling rear-ended a tractor-trailer that had stalled half way between the shoulder and the middle of the road. According to woia.com, the impact sheared of part of the SUV in which the boy, together with his sister, was traveling. Both children were properly restrained, yet the impact cost Justin Kalak his life. Fortunately, his 5-year-old sister, Julianne Kalak survived with only minor injuries. Ramon Justo Alvarado, who is the children’s grandfather and legal guardian, was driving the vehicle and had to be airlifted in critical condition to a local hospital.
Large Commercial Truck Cuts Across Highway
According to kltv.com, the driver of an eighteen-wheeler lost control, the tractor-trailer jack-knifed and slid into the opposite traffic lanes, where an SUV traveling in the opposite direction crashed into it. The driver of the SUV had to be transported to a local hospital. Additionally, the accident caused the highway to be closed for a number of hours.
Tractor-Trailer Loses Cargo on Highway
A recent report by cbslocal.com tells us about a tractor-trailer whose lumber cargo was spread all over a highway after the driver allegedly tried to avoid hitting a car that had cut him off. The truck ended up sprawled across several lanes with one of its saddle tanks damaged and spilling diesel fuel all over the highway. Thankfully, no one was hurt, but it took hazardous materials crews several hours to clean up the mess.
Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the foregoing accidents are underway and they all seem like unavoidable, unforeseeable events. However, given our many years of experience handling cases involving large commercial trucks, we cannot help but wonder whether these accidents could have been avoided. For example, time and again we have seen trucking companies overload their trucks, load them incorrectly, or not secure the loads properly, all in the name of profit: the faster their truckers operate and the more cargo they haul, the larger their profit margin…
In other cases we have seen these same trucking companies fail to properly train their drivers. Maybe the death of Justin Kalak could have been avoided had the driver of the stalled truck promptly placed reflective triangles or other devices warning oncoming traffic of the disabled condition of his rig. Was he aware of regulations that required him to immediately place these devices around his truck in order to warn other drivers of the hazardous situation caused by his stopping in the middle of the road?
We Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you should immediately contact a law firm experienced in handling these cases. Please note that eighteen-wheelers or tractor-trailers are subject to a set of rules different to those that govern local delivery trucks or vans. Being familiar with those rules allows experienced truck accident lawyers, like those from Greenberg Stone and Urbano to know what kind of evidence their investigators should be looking for and therefore, be adequately prepared to defend their clients’ rights.
Throughout the years, the Miami Dade County Truck Accidents Law Offices of Greenberg Stone and Urbano have represented many clients involved in traffic fatalities, traumatic brain injuries and serious personal injuries. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.