Reno, NV (September 20, 2022) – One person was hospitalized on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 20th when a collision caused a sanitation truck to overturn on a stretch of freeway in Reno.
The crash took place at about 12:00 p.m. on the northbound side of the interstate in the area of the exit for South McCarran Boulevard.
A representative for Waste Management said the truck operator was transferred to a local hospital with what are believed to be non-critical injuries.
Police stated that a heavy downpour that occurred just minutes before the incident was likely a contributing factor.
Traffic was forced to eke by on the shoulder for several hours as police investigated and crews cleared the scene.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Commercial Trucking Accidents in Nevada
There are certain kinds of collisions that frequently occur when commercial trucks are involved. The size and weight of these oversized vehicles lend themselves to some very specific accident types.
For instance, a jackknife accident is something that can only happen with a commercial truck. It is when the trailer portion of a tractor-trailer pivots sideways, forming a hard 90-degree angle with the cab. An operator is unable to stop, steer, or otherwise control their truck once it is in a jackknife position. This kind of crash can usually be avoided with the use of proper braking techniques.
Other common forms of commercial truck accidents include:
- Head-on Collisions: In 2019, head-on crashes accounted for close to 60% of all deadly commercial truck accidents. Just like other vehicles a fraction of its size, a commercial truck can cause a head-on accident if it drives into oncoming traffic. This potentially fatal mistake can take place if the operator ignores traffic signs, falls asleep at the wheel, or drives under the influence.
- Rollovers: A vehicle rollover is a common outcome when the operator of a commercial truck takes a turn too fast, is driving too fast for current road conditions, or overcorrects. These massive trucks have a high center of gravity and can easily overturn and roll over smaller vehicles, leaving them and their occupants crushed under the weight. Hazardous road conditions, such as icy or wet roadways, can contribute to truck rollovers, as can poorly balanced payloads.
- Rear-end Accidents: Due to their excessive weight, commercial trucks have a much greater braking distance than passenger vehicles. This is why it is so important that truck operators always maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of them. A truck operator who is tailgating, distracted, drunk, or speeding can easily rear-end another vehicle. The drivers of smaller vehicles can also cause a collision by cutting off commercial trucks and not leaving the operator ample room to brake.
- Tire Blowouts. Tire blowouts take place when a truck’s tire fully or partially falls apart during use. This can be the result of worn-out treads and tires, poor maintenance, defects in the tire, or overweight cargo. Blowouts can cause truck operators to lose control of their vehicles and crash.
If your life has been affected by a commercial truck accident, you should immediately speak with a Nevada personal injury attorney who has your best interests in mind.
Our attorneys at Coulter Harsh Law will help you secure the compensation you need for your claim to be successful. Our lawyers will stand by your side every step of the way. Please contact a Nevada commercial truck accident attorney by calling (775) 324-3380 for more information.
We are here for you after you have been hurt in an accident that is not your fault. We understand how difficult it can be to get back on your feet after a life-altering collision.
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