Double-Trailer Truck Accidents
Double-trailer trucks are massive big rigs with two trailers behind a single cab. They are also referred to as tandem trailer trucks or LCVs (longer combination vehicles). Generally, the first trailer is 28 to 40 feet long, and the second trailer is 28 feet long. Trucking companies use double-trailer trucks to transport more goods in a single trip. However, compared to other heavy trucks on the highway, these behemoths are two or three times more likely to be involved in traffic collisions.
Causes of LCV accidents
The reason double-trailer trucks are so dangerous is because they can become unstable. Even small steering movements, such as a lane-change maneuver, are magnified by the second trailer and can reach unmanageable levels. The instability may produce exaggerated sway and subsequent rollover of the second trailer. Double-trailer trucks are even more likely to crash when empty because balance problems are worse when the truck is not stabilized by additional weight. Specific causes of LCV accidents include:
- Large blind spots created by the length of the truck
- Wind throwing the double-trailer off-balance
- Extra weight added by the second trailer
- Not enough weight to stabilize the trailers
- Sudden, sharp turns that can cause the rear trailer to tip
- Sudden braking or another sudden maneuver (double-trailer trucks take a long time to stop or slow down)
- Driver inexperience or lack of training
- Load shift
- Improperly secured loads
- Roadway defects
Double-trailer trucks also create a larger “crash footprint” than single-trailer semis after being involved in an accident, leading to a larger hazard zone for other motorists. The obvious reason is a tandem truck’s length. Another factor, however, is the risk of trailer separation. Trucks with more than one trailer are more likely to experience trailer separation during an accident, which extends the area of a crash.
A large crash footprint means that motorists and pedestrians may encounter dangerous debris far from the actual crash site, giving rise to additional accidents and injuries. Also, a large crash zone takes a long time to clean up, stalling traffic and even leading to additional rear end collisions and pileups.
Contact Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers in Atlanta
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a double-trailer truck, do not hesitate to contact Henry Spiegel Milling LLP in Atlanta. Our experience handling truck accident cases can help you obtain the compensation you need to recover from your lost wages, medical bills, car damage, and pain and suffering. Please call (404) 832-8000 to schedule your free consultation today.