Every time one sees a large tractor trailer on a Springfield highway, it means that some urgent need is being meet somewhere. Thus the reason why it’s important to share the road with these large vehicles.
However, every large load that these trucks are pulling has fatal potential. It takes experience and skill to drive these trucks, and care and caution on the part of those who load them to ensure that cargo is stored securely. The absence of any of these factors can result in tragedy, as vehicles traveling around these trucks can be targets for falling debris or an out-of-control rig.
The ease at which these large vehicles can crash and cause other accidents was recently on display on the Long Island Expressway in New York. In the early morning hours, a truck driver hauling products for local grocers swerved to avoid a deer, which resulted in the truck overturning. Luckily, the driver and his passenger sustained only minor injuries, and no other vehicles were involved. Hazmat crews were required for the cleanup because bleach was among the items being transported.
Just hours later, a second tractor-trailer carrying gravel mix crashed on the same area of the expressway just hundreds of feet from where the first accident occurred. Police responding to the scene said that driver was driving too fast and lost control of the vehicle. Again, thankfully, no other vehicles were involved, and the driver’s injuries were said to be non-life threatening.
Yet both of these stories could have ended very differently had other vehicles been around, as the overturned trucks and their volatile loads could have been hazards to nearby cars. Those injured in tractor trailer accidents may be entitled to compensation. A personal injury lawyer may help in earning one such compensation.
Source: Riverhead News Review “Two tractor trailers roll over on LIE exit ramp” Oct. 01, 2013