Safety regulations that limit the size of trucks are in place to prevent dangerous crashes. However, even with these regulations, not all trucks fit nicely on our streets. They may be too big to stay in the lanes and make turns without imposing on other vehicles’ space. Yet, oversized trucks are necessary to carry some loads, and they remain a risk on Kentucky roads.
Oversized Truck Risks
In addition to taking up more space on the road and making wide turns, oversized trucks may:
Take Longer to Stop
The weight of an oversized truck makes it harder to stop quickly. Therefore, truckers may have trouble reacting quickly to unexpected events, and collisions may be more likely.
Be Too High or Wide to Clear Bridges
Truckers may not realize that they can’t get under or through the bridge until they’ve already tried to do so.
Rollover or Jackknife
Uneven weight distribution, size, and other factors can make these types of truck wrecks more likely.
Cause More Serious Accident Injuries
The weight of an oversized truck can make a truck accident injury worse than it might have been in another type of vehicle crash. Serious injuries such as broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death can occur.
Call a Truck Accident Lawyer After a Crash
It may be easy to look at the dangers described above and to conclude that the driver of the oversized truck was responsible for your accident injuries. However, it is not always that simple. A full investigation needs to be done to determine if the trucker, trucking company, or another driver was responsible for the crash.
Have You Been Injured in a Truck Accident?
If you've been injured in a truck accident you need to speak with an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Louisville office directly at 888.450.4456 to schedule a free consultation.