Semi-trucks involved in three accidents in one morning

A car accident is a particularly traumatizing experience. If the accident involves a large commercial vehicle such as a semi-truck or tractor trailer, the risk of serious injury or death increases.

According to the Elko Daily Free Press, a total of four serious accidents, three involving semi-trucks, were reported on a recent Thursday morning in Nevada. The accidents kept both local police and fire crews busy for several hours treating injured vehicle occupants, fixing damaged vehicles and taking care of administrative issues.

Police cruiser pinned underneath one of the semi-trucks

The first accident occurred when a semi-truck overturned. The truck was owned by the Nevada Department of Forestry and was carrying cattle.

Members of the NDF were in the process of responding to the accident when a report was received about a vehicle rolling down a 40-foot ridge on a nearby highway. Moments later a third crash involving four vehicles also occurred at the site of the ridge.

The four vehicles involved included a car, a semi-truck, another NDF truck and a police cruiser. The police cruiser was pinned under the NDF truck. While crews were struggling to gain control of the situation, they received a fourth report about another semi-truck on fire nearby.

Slippery conditions were cited as the main cause of the accidents. One firefighter described the conditions as "solid ice." Commercial vehicle drivers are discouraged from driving in poor weather conditions to prevent these types of truck accidents.

Large commercial vehicles have a total of four blind spots

Large commercial vehicle drivers are professionally trained. Therefore, they are required to exercise extreme care and safety on the road. Helpful information from the American Automobile Association describes several safety tips for drivers traveling on roads with large commercial vehicles.

A driver of a passenger vehicle should never be tailgated by a large commercial vehicle. The commercial vehicle driver is not only displaying a lack of courtesy, but this activity is extremely dangerous. It is common and expected that passenger vehicle occupants will become nervous with an 80,000-pound vehicle riding very close to their rear bumper.

In addition to not tailgating, large commercial vehicle drivers should always leave plenty of space between their truck and other vehicles on the road. It takes commercial vehicles longer to stop due to their large size. They also require a substantial amount of passing room.

Commercial vehicles have four blind spots. The first is 10 to 20 feet in front of a truck cab. The second is 200 feet behind a truck. The general rule is that passenger vehicles should follow four seconds behind a commercial vehicle to avoid this rear blind spot.

The remaining two blind spots are on the left and right hand sides of a truck, and are much bigger than a typical blind spot in a passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicle drivers should check all mirrors before turning to make sure there are no drivers in their side blind spots.

Finally, commercial vehicles should only be parked in designated parking areas. This helps prevent rear end crashes. If no appropriate parking area is available, a commercial vehicle should be pulled entirely off of the road and be using equipment designed to boost visibility such as flares and safety triangles.

Because accidents involving a large commercial vehicle are often serious, they usually result in substantial medical bills, loss of working hours and cause strain on personal relationships.

An individual injured in an accident with a large commercial vehicle should contact an experienced commercial vehicle attorney. An attorney who understands complex insurance and trucking industry laws can fight to provide all deserved compensation.