Runaway truck ramp during the day

What Is a Runaway Truck?

As you know, semi-trucks are massive and tremendously heavy. In fact, a fully loaded semi-truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds (lbs). Your passenger vehicle that weighs 3,000-5,000 lbs doesn’t stand a chance against a fully loaded big rig.

Unfortunately, truck drivers lose control of their rigs from time to time, which can result in a runaway truck. Read on to learn more.

Runaway Trucks

A big rig becomes a runaway truck when it is no longer able to maintain control on a downhill slope.

It may shock you to learn that about 29% of semi-truck accidents are the result of brake problems with the rig.

In light of this, runaway trucks are fairly common, which is why many regions have implemented runaway truck ramps on roadways with steep slopes. They often to look something like this and are intended to slow a truck down that is out of control:

If a truck is out of control and the driver fails to utilize a runaway truck ramp when one is available, the trucker may be held accountable for negligence if others are hurt in a crash as a result.

We Want to Help Injured Truck Accident Victims

Sustaining injuries in a truck accident through no fault of your own is an unfair and unacceptable situation to be in. If you find yourself in such a circumstance, it’s important to seek skilled representation right away.

The statute of limitations for truck accidents in Indiana is two years from the date of the accident, which means you will not be able to submit your case if you wait longer than that.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our skilled team right away to learn more about our firm and how we can help with your case. We have helped many others in similar situations and we will do everything in our power to help you too.

Contact Christie Farrell Lee & Bell today with the details of your case by calling (317) 245-3709 or filling out our online contact form to learn more about how we can help.