Reasons Why Double-Trailer and Tandem Trailer Trucks are Very Dangerous in New Mexico Trucking Accidents


March 18, 2017

 by Caruso Law Offices, P.C. | 

Common Causes of Double-Trailer and Tandem Trailer Trucking Accidents on New Mexico Interstates

All large commercial trucks are dangerous vehicles on the roadways, particularly the interstates such as I-40, I-25, and I-10.  But double trailer or tandem trailer trucks are even more dangerous and more likely to be deadly in New Mexico trucking accidents.  Here are the Mark Caruso, we have handled many double trailer and tandem trailer trucking accidents which have caused the wrongful death of a victim.

If you or a loved one have been injured or killed in a double-trailer or tandem trailer trucking accident, call our experienced New Mexico trucking accident attorneys today by dialing (505) 407-0458.  We offer a FREE consultation to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation and we only get paid if we win your case.

Common Causes of Double Trailer or Tandem Trailer Trucking Accidents

While most single trailer trucks are between approximately 28 and 40 feet long, a second trailer usually adds approximately another 28 feet.  This is joined in the back of the first trailer by a junction and connection.  There is a small gap between the two trailers.  The purpose of the two trailers is to be able to transport significantly more goods in a single delivery, thus saving the trucking company time and money.

Because of this additional trailer, size and weight are contributing factors to why double trailer and tandem trailer trucks are involved in more accidents.  This includes a significantly higher chance of a wrongful death.  Some of the most common causes include the following:

  • Much heavier and harder to stop before impact;
  • Large blind spots;
  • Weight is split between two trailers making the center where they connect susceptible to bulging out or becoming unstable;
  • More susceptible to environmental conditions such as wind;
  • Harder to maneuver and control;
  • More difficult to make a safe lane change;
  • Excessive speed on the interstate;
  • Prone to jack-knifing;
  • Improperly secured cargo or loads;
  • More susceptible to roadway defects;
  • More pressure on tires and brakes which could cause them to fail;
  • Requires additional driver training and experience before safely using, which many trucking companies do not perform;
  • Instability in the entire truck;
  • More stress on the truck’s brakes, steering column, and axels contributing to failure;
  • Sudden braking or turning can result in a jackknife or flip-over;
  • Prone to weight shifting;
  • More difficult to gauge distance when merging with lanes or turning; and
  • Many other causes.

Double Trailers and Tandem Trailers KILL: Call an Experienced New Mexico Trucking Accident Attorney to Learn How to Protect Your Rights

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, call the experienced New Mexico truck accident attorneys at the Mark Caruso today by dialing (505) 407-0458 You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.

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