Tractor-trailers frequently are involved in accidents where the professional truck driver failed to yield the right-of-way and pulled out in traffic with the trailer blocking travel lanes of the roadway.
Usually the unsuspecting motorist faces an emergency situation where the traveled portion of their roadway has been blocked and they are forced into the trailer.
Such an accident appears to have occurred today early this morning on Alameda – Genoa Road not far from Highway 288 in Houston.
According to reports, a dark sedan was sandwiched under the trailer of a big rig that had blocked several lanes of traffic. At this time we do not know the extent of the injuries, if any, from the occupants of the dark-colored sedan that struck the trailer.
This type of accident can be especially dangerous given the underwrite potential of the middle of a trailer. In some cases, the top of the impact vehicle can actually be sheared off from the impact.
To view photographs of this accident click on the KHOU link. The accident photos which can be viewed on the site listed above show the tractor-trailer pulling out of a parking lot into the traveled portions of the highway and blocking all three lanes.
This scenario is also common with a tractor-trailer turning left across travel portions of the highway going the opposite direction and leaving the trailer hanging out blocking lanes of traffic.
Either way, the truck driver’s failure to anticipate oncoming traffic and to yield the right-of-way can lead to devastating injuries.
Let us hope that the occupants of the sedan walked away uninjured in this accident.