Highways across the state of Nevada are heavily utilized by tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles. Because these trucks are so massive, they can do a lot of damage in crashes and are often quite intimidating for motorists in passenger vehicles. However, the loads that tractor-trailers are hauling can also make them dangerous. Tractor-trailers are often used to transport fuels, oil and other hazardous materials. When truck accidents happen, these hazardous materials can spill out onto the road and create dangerous conditions for other motorists.
A recent accident involving two tractor-trailers caused one trailer to spill its load on the roadway and left a driver facing DUI charges. The accident happened on I-15 near Mesquite during the evening hours. According to police officers who were on patrol that night, a tractor-trailer blew by them at over 100 mph heading north on I-15. Reports said the truck was approaching another tractor-trailer that had stopped on the shoulder and was attempting to reenter the roadway.
Reportedly, the driver of the speeding tractor-trailer swerved to avoid the merging truck but ended up sideswiping it and spilling the contents of the trailer out onto the road. Authorities said a crew had to be called in to clear the load and debris from the roadway. Officers said the driver of the speeding truck showed signs of impairment and failed a field sobriety test. He was placed under arrest for suspected DUI.
Tractor-trailers can be dangerous and cause serious and fatal accidents because of their massive size as well as what they are hauling. Those in Nevada who have suffered injuries or the loss of loved ones in truck accidents may want to consider seeking the services of a knowledgeable attorney. A successfully litigated claim could result in substantial compensation to help victims and families get through this experience.