Do Box Trucks Pose a Higher Risk to Other Motorists?

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) was involved in a truck accident in Baton Rouge on March 17, according to the Huffington Post. WWL-TV reported that a box truck struck an SUV carrying Jindal at an intersection, but the crash did not result in any serious injuries. The box truck allegedly turned unexpectedly in front of the SUV. Another SUV, carrying Jindal’s security detail, swerved to avoid the truck and struck a utility pole. The driver of the box truck was cited for an illegal turn.

“The governor was involved in a traffic accident this afternoon on the way home from his son’s soccer game after a truck made an illegal U-turn in front of his vehicle,” read a statement from Jindal’s office. “The governor did not sustain any injuries, and he is thankful for the work of the Louisiana State Police that keep him and his family safe every day.”

It is fortunate that no one was hurt in this accident, but the story calls attention to crashes involving rental box trucks. The drivers of these rental vehicles typically do not have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and are not subject to the same laws and regulations as professional truck drivers. They also typically have much less experience driving these larger vehicles. The driver of the truck involved in this accident may not have been used to having limited visibility and such large blind spots. If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a collision with a large truck, you could be entitled to compensation for medical bills or any lost wages. Please contact our firm for a free consultation to let our Middlesex County truck accident lawyers see how we can help.

Tip of the week: If you are renting a box truck and are not used to driving it you should take some time to become comfortable behind the wheel. Find a vacant lot and practice turning and accelerating and braking. Note the differences in visibility and stopping distance from your normal vehicle. If you do not feel comfortable behind the wheel, you may want to just leave the truck driving up to the pros.

Spevack Law Firm—Middlesex County truck accident attorneys



One Response to Do Box Trucks Pose a Higher Risk to Other Motorists?

  1. Due to an increase in box truck related accidents, many people wonder whether Louisiana and other states will start requiring a Commercial Driver’s License for operating these kinds of motor vehicles. It does not make sense for an inexperienced driver to operate such a large vehicle that is usually driven by an experienced professional who handles one on a daily basis. Even though this would be more inconvenient for those that need a rental truck for one-time use, such as moving, it could help decrease accidents caused by inexperienced drivers.

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