All of us who have any experience driving have felt that onrush of wind as semi-trailers have rolled past us on the highway, especially if we were driving a sedan at the time. That blast of air is sometimes enough to knock us off course, and it’s a reminder of just how big and powerful these 80,000-pound machines are as they move down the road at speeds that are as fast as much smaller vehicles. That’s one of the reasons that many of us are extremely nervous when we find ourselves trapped next to a semi-trailer for any period of time.
Tragically, something went terribly wrong on Monday night at approximately 8:30 p.m. that caused a semi-trailer to roll on Interstate 15. The trailer fell over onto a Nissan sedan that was next to it, and the scene was so horrifying that it took rescue crews quite a bit of time to extricate the two occupants from that smaller vehicle. Obviously, the unidentified man and woman were killed instantly. The crash occurred on Interstate 15 near the St. Rose Parkway exit. An article describing the accident can be found here.
First and foremost, we’d like to offer our most sincere condolences to the families and friends of the people who were killed in this terrible Las Vegas trucking accident. The names of the people involved were not disclosed pending notification of their families, and police are still trying to piece together what caused the truck to roll over in the manner that it did. In addition, we hope that the investigation leads to a fast and accurate conclusion.
Sadly, this is hardly the only Nevada trucking accident that has occurred this year. On an annual basis, nearly 1,500 large trucks are involved in accidents, and these crashes lead to hundreds of injuries and to dozens of fatalities. That’s largely because when vehicles of this size are involved in crashes, the physics of the situation tend to leave behind a wake of destruction.
To this point, no one is sure what caused the truck to roll over, but common causes of rollover accidents with large semi-trailers include:
- Aggressive maneuvers by the driver
- Evasive measures taken by the driver
- Tire blowouts
- Wind gusts
- Shifting cargo that was not loaded properly
There are other causes, but it could take some time before police identify what led to this terrible incident.
When families lose someone in a trucking accident, they need to make sure that they spend their time with each other and allow professionals to handle the legal fallout. That usually involves dealing with at least one insurance company and perhaps taking steps towards filling a Nevada wrongful death lawsuit if necessary. If you have lost someone you love because of a negligent truck driver, you need to do the same thing. Contact the Las Vegas accident lawyers at Bernstein & Poisson today to schedule a free initial consultation.