Multiple Trailer Accidents
About 10 years ago, the maximum legal weight of a truck’s load was raised from 40 tons to 65 tons in order to allow trucks to carry multiple trailers. This has caused many trucking companies to use multiple trailers as part of their business model. There are several reasons double or triple trailers are an attractive option to trucking companies:
- Better fuel efficiency – Trucking industry studies have found that single cabs pulling multiple trailers lowers fuel costs compared to multiple cabs that pull single trailers
- Increased efficiency – Using multiple trailers allows one driver to make one stop at a large commercial location or multiple stops at different locations in one haul, reducing delivery times
While these efficiency improvements will help lower shipping costs and potentially lower the retail costs passed onto consumers, these benefits come at a serious price. Operating a truck with multiple trailers significantly increases the risk of a serious truck accident.
When a truck uses double or triple trailers, it puts additional strain on the breaking mechanisms and emergency equipment. This ultimately leads to slower stop times, and an increased risk of runaway trucks on steep downgrades. It also increases the likelihood of truck rollovers, one of the deadliest types of truck accidents.
If you have been injured in a truck accident involving multiple trailers, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages. The lawyers at Van Dorn & Curtiss have helped many New Hampshire residents injured in multiple trailer accidents. We know the state and federal laws which apply to these complex cases, and we understand the serious danger posed by trucks employing double and triple trailers. Our lawyers will fight aggressively to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Please contact Van Dorn & Curtiss today to schedule your free truck accident consultation. We serve clients in New Hampshire and Vermont, including Concord, Manchester, and Nashua.