In the past two days, two semi-truck accidents have taken taken place on Interstate 10 during morning rush hour. On Wednesday, an 18-wheeler with two flat bed trailers rolled over, spilling mulch all over the freeway blocking four lanes of traffic. The driver of the semi said he saw a car on his left leaving an accident when the car hit his semi, causing it to flip and roll over. Three people were injured in the accident, including a woman who is 7-months pregnant, but everyone is expected to be okay. The driver of the semi did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. The accident backed up traffic for many miles, causing long delays and many people traveling to work to be late. Little did they know, the same painful delays would take place the very next morning in a similar accident. Early Thursday morning another semi truck accident took place on Interstate 10 blocking both east and westbound traffic. Unfortunately, the driver of the semi was killed in the accident. Officers believe the driver of the semi lost control for some unknown reason when it crashed into the median wall. The crash then sent debris into the westbound lanes, hitting two vehicles. Then a third vehicle hit the semi after it crashed. Videos of the accident showed the cargo area of the semi on one side of the freeway and the cab over the median wall on the other side of the freeway. A fire then enflamed in the back of the truck making an already horrific scene even worse. Semi-truck accidents can cause serious danger and fatal injuries. That's why it's essential that truck drivers are safe and alert while driving, and their trucks are in the best maintenance shape. If you or someone you love has been the victim of a semi-truck accident, contact Knapp & Roberts immediately. Our expert semi-truck attorneys in Arizona have the resources and network to investigate the accidents. What is the driver's record? What caused the accident? Was it the result of truck driver fatigue? Or could it have been truck driver negligence? How well was the truck maintained? We will investigate the 18-wheeler accident inside and out to ensure you have the financial resources necessarily to recover from the accident. Give us a call at 480-269-1965 or email us online.
We've all had that moment of fear and uncertainty on the freeway when driving next to an 18-wheeler. You don't want to drive next to it for fear of being in their blind spot and them trying to come in your lane. You don't want to be behind it in case a tire blows out or the truck gets in an accident. However, it's also scary to try to speed up ahead of it. When dealing with trucks that could weigh up to 80,000 lbs, knowing what to do and how to be safe is pertinent.
It's safe to say that for most people, it's pretty unusual to have to drive near 18-wheelers on a daily basis. For road trips or long distance driving, going head-to-head with these monstrous trucks are expected, but due to lack of experience in dealing with these vehicles, it's not always safe. Despite a truck driver's experience, they, too, can have difficulty in sharing the road with fellow, smaller-sized vehicles. Because of this, there are some key pointers to remember when sharing the road with 18-wheeler trucks.
Driving next to an 18-wheeler tractor trailer can be intimidating. The trucks typically take up the full lane, leaving the truck a little too close to your vehicle than you'd like. There's always an uncertainty as to whether or not they can see your vehicle or the fear that their tire could have a blow out.