In many truck accidents, it’s the smaller vehicle that bears the greater risk of death and injury. But not always. A tragic accident in Bibb County shows what can happen to truck drivers who lose control of their vehicles. 11 Alive reported on the accident.
Police believe that the truck hit a disabled passenger vehicle on south I-475, jackknifed, then fell off the side of the roadway. A jackknifing happens when the angle between the cab and the trailer gets small enough that the cab cannot turn back or control the momentum of the vehicle.
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The driver of the truck was killed at the scene, while the driver of the passenger vehicle only suffered minor injuries. The report says that the smaller vehicle was already disabled at the time of the accident, but it was unclear if the car was on the shoulder when it was struck or if the strike pushed the car into the shoulder.
Rollover crashes, even just on the side, are quite dangerous for truckers. There are lots of things in the cab that could fly about, plus the extra weight of the vehicle adds more force to the rollover. Even with a belt, this can turn into a deadly situation.
Have you been injured in a trucking accident? Call the Strong Arm today and talk to us about what happened. You may be due compensation for your injuries.