A Plymouth, Massachusetts woman now has to undergo physical therapy after she was involved in a truck accident involving a runaway trailer. Patricia Jordan was driving an SUV when the trailer, which had detached from the truck after the vehicle went into a slight curve, hit her RAV 4, causing it to slam into a concrete barrier. The 48-year-old mother experienced soreness in her neck and back after the incident.
According to investigators, the trailer was not properly locked into place. It also was overloaded, exceeding the authorized weight limit by 8,000 pounds at 88,280 pounds. The truck was transporting corrugated cardboard.
While runaway trailer accidents are a rare occurrence, they can be deadly. Often the trailer may be moving at a fast speed and carrying a heavy load. Causes of runaway trailer accidents:
• Speeding • Steep declines • Overloading • Brake problems • Mechanical issues • Sudden turns
Injuries involving runaway semi-trailers can include neck injuries, back injuries, air bag injuries, broken bones, concussions, facial injuries, herniated injuries, nerve damage, whiplash injuries, skull fractures, internal injuries, and death.
Massachusetts Truck Crashes
Truck drivers, trucking companies, and truck operators have to ensure that all safety measures are implemented and followed if they want to minimize the chances of a Massachusetts truck accident. Usually it is the occupants of the smaller vehicle or a pedestrian, bicyclist, or motorcyclist that sustains the brunt of the injuries in a tractor-trailer crash. Icy roads in the winter may increase the chances of a Boston truck collision, which is why truckers and other drivers on the road should exercise even more caution this time of year.
If you or someone you love was involved in a traffic accident with a semi-truck, a tractor-trailer, a big rig truck, or any other kind of large truck, don’t be surprised if the insurer or attorneys for the trucking company try to settle with you right away. Do NOT settle until you’ve explored your legal options. Contact our Boston truck crash lawyers at Altman & Altman, LLP today.
Driver in detached-trailer accident is cited, Greenwichtime.com, January 2, 2015
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
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