Semi-Trucks are a behemoth on the roads, capable of carrying tons of cargo, and unfortunately vulnerable to unique forms of destruction. From tire blowouts to trailer separation, these massive vehicles can experience crashes, exclusive to their immense size and capabilities.
In this blog post, we will explore three types of crashes unique only to semi-trucks to better understand the massive risks they take on day in and day out.
#1 - Tire Blowouts
Tire blowouts are common to all vehicles, but they can be especially dangerous for semi-trucks. The sheer weight of a fully loaded trailer means that at any moment, the tires can overload and cause an explosion. This sudden loss of traction can result in jackknifing or rollovers, as the trailer is no longer able to stay attached to its cab securely.
To reduce this risk, truck drivers should pay attention to their tire pressure and inspect them regularly for signs of wear and tear.
#2 - Trailer Separation
Because semi-trucks consist of two parts—the cab and the trailer—they are susceptible to a unique type of crash: separation accidents. In these crashes, the trailer disconnects from the cab and is thrown off to one side of the road.
This occurs when the fifth wheel isn’t properly secured to the main frame of the truck, either due to a mechanical failure or human error. To prevent separation accidents, drivers should always inspect their fifth wheel before traveling and keep an eye out for any signs of damage while in transit.
#3 - Rollovers
Because semi-trucks have a higher center of gravity than other vehicles, they are more prone to tipping over during sharp turns or tight maneuvers. These rollover crashes can be particularly devastating, as it’s difficult for other motorists to avoid such a large object on its side in the middle of the road.
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