Car Haulers and Trucks That Transport other Vehicles
Collisions With Car Carriers
Car carrier trucks are a common sight on United States highways. They save dealers time and money in transporting vehicles for sale or resale. They also preserve the value of the vehicles they are hauling by not adding extra miles to them. Unfortunately, when a accident occurs, they can cause a unique set of damages due to their very design.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car hauler collission, contact a lawyer who understands the unique hazards these trucks present.
Car Hauler Design and Loading
Car Haulers are designed to transport several normal-sized automobiles across country. They generally have a ramp in the back that allows the vehicles to be loaded. Once on the deck, the deck itself has a hydraulic system controlled by levers that allows the vehicles to be shifted forward and back for loading and unloading. The vehicles are then secured using chocks, chains and other devices depending upon the make, model and year of the car hauler.
So long as the truck does not get into a wreck, the design is fine. A problem arises when these vehicles get into a high speed or high velocity impact. We have seen cases where a car hauler rear-ends another vehicle at a high speed resulting in one of the hauled vehicles launching into the air and landing on other cars. We have also seen cases where a car hauler is rear-ended resulting in a car sliding forward and landing on the driver’s cab.
If a car hauler is properly loaded and the vehicles in tow are properly secured, the vehicles should stay in place. However, failure to properly secure the car load can result in a small accident becoming serious. If you are injured due to improperly loaded and secured cargo, whether you are the employee/driver or you are a person hit by the truck, you should speak to an attorney for a free case evaluation.
Car Hauler Driver’s Obscured View
If you have never sat in the cab of a car hauler, you would have no reason to know just how obscured the driver’s view is in some of these. In many car haulers, the cars hang over partially obscuring the driver’s view. This can affect how far down the road he can see.
When you couple this lack of vision with other truck driving risks such as driver fatigue, you should realize this can be a recipe for disaster. All truck drivers have a duty to maintain a proper lookout so that they can bring their trucks to a safe stop when necessary. The only way you may ever know if this was a factor in your case, is to hire a car lawyer to investigate your case.
A typical automobile can way 3000-5000 lbs. Because of this, there are strict limits and guidelines as to what type and weight of vehicles any one car hauler may legally carry at a time. If a driver is caught overweight, the carrier gets slapped with just a fine.
Excessive weight makes a truck’s stopping distance drastically increase. However, because the penalty is just affine, many carriers are willing to gamble with this risk in order to maximize their profits. They are doing so by putting other drivers at risk. Uncovering these kinds of facts may make them liable for punitive damages for their gross negligence.
If you have been seriously injured, hire a truck accident lawyer in Texas who will investigate these details and determine what damages your family is entitled to. Call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. today at: 1-800-298-0111. The consultation is always free.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.