A tractor-trailer may fail to stop for other traffic or at an intersection for a number of reasons. The truck driver may misjudge the distance to the intersection and fail to start braking in time. The truck driver may be unable to stop after a traffic light changes. The trucker may be fatigued and fail to see the traffic light in time to stop. An overloaded truck or poorly adjusted brakes may cause a truck to run a stop sign or crosswalk. Whatever the reason, a truck driver’s failure to stop at a traffic light stop sign or in traffic can cause serious injury and catastrophic injury to other motorists in a truck crash.
Consequences of Failure to Stop at a Traffic Light, Stop Sign or Crosswalk
A truck driver’s failure to stop at an intersection can cause a multi-vehicle accident or start a chain reaction collision. A number of factors may cause a failure to stop: the trucker may not have given himself enough distance to brake; the trucker may have been speeding; the trucker may have misjudged the distance needed to stop completely; the truck may have been overloaded or have an inadequate brake system for the load being carried. Braking failure also may cause a failure to stop, perhaps due to the trucking company’s disregard for properly maintaining the truck’s braking system.
Pedestrians in a crosswalk and occupants of passenger cars and trucks struck by a speeding 18-wheeler may suffer catastrophic injuries, head and spinal injuries, permanent nerve damage, paralysis, and even loss of limbs or amputation. In the worst cases, a victim may be fatally injured by a truck driver’s failure to stop at a stop sign, traffic signal or crosswalk. When a truck driver fails to stop at a traffic signal, stop sign or crosswalk, he and his employer may be held liable for negligence.
After any serious accident involving a truck driver’s failure to stop, you need an experienced St. Louis truck accident attorney to investigate all the contributing causes of the crash. The truck accident lawyers at The Cagle Law Firm are skilled at analyzing truck accidents and building compelling cases to maximize our clients’ ability to obtain compensation from a negligent truck driver and trucking company.
Call 1.800.685.3302 or locally 314.276.1681 for a free consultation.