Possible Causes of Truck Accident on Interstate 10 in Gulfport
Traffic on Interstate 10 in Gulfport was severely backed up for hours after a collision involving three semi-trucks brought motorists to a standstill. As the Sun Herald reported, the 18-wheelers crashed on the eastbound lanes of the highway near the Cedar Lake exit ramp and the Tchoutacabouffa River Bridge. A hazardous materials crew was called in to deal with one of the trucks that began leaking fuel due to the crash, leading to further delays. The Mississippi Department of Transportation assisted local law enforcement from Gulfport and Biloxi in clean up, and the agencies are investigating factors that may have been involved in the accident. Some of the more common causes of truck accidents may be to blame for the incident.
Anyone can make a mistake behind the wheel, but an error by the operator of a large truck can make a collision even more deadly. Fatigue is a factor given the long hours and exhausting job of a driver, even one who carefully follows laws that put time limits on driving. Other mistakes that lead to truck accidents include using a cell phone, eating, speeding and/or inattention. .
Trucks carry a variety of cargo, some of which can become a problem if not properly secured. Items can fall off the trailer and into traffic, causing an accident. In addition, cargo that’s not balanced appropriately can lead to issues with the vehicle’s maneuverability.
Truck Equipment Failure or Defect
Trucking companies must abide by laws regarding maintenance and inspects, but certain defects may be overlooked due to the complexities of a large rig. If not caught and remedied, flaws in the brakes, tires, trailer equipment, and other components can result in malfunction – and a tragic accident.
Weather and Road Conditions
Sleet, snow, and rain have a more serious impact on trucks as compared to other vehicles on the road. The size and weight of the truck may make it difficult to brake in time to avoid an accident, even if the driver is traveling and the posted speed limit. Plus, road conditions like curves or steep grades can be hazardous and limit the truck operator’s visibility.
Have you been injured in a truck accident? Talk to a Biloxi Attorney About Your Case.
Due to the vehicle’s size and the nature of their cargo, truck accidents may cause severe injuries to those traveling in passenger cars. Victims may face long recovery and rehabilitation, and can be out of work for an extended length of time. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses, but it’s wise to hire an attorney to assist in your efforts instead of going it alone. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Judy Guice based in Biloxi, MS will represent you in settlement negotiations and in court, to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Please contact our law offices today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.