Different Types of Semi Truck Cabs
A semi-truck cab can have a wide number of designs and configurations. While some cabs are completely barebones with just a single seat for the driver, others can have the equivalent of a luxury RV suite in the back.
Single Row Cab
A large number of heavy commercial vehicles have a limited cabin space that sits behind or on top of the massive engine. These cabs will have just a single row of seats, including one for the driver. Some cabs will only have one seat to make room for extra storage, mechanical systems, or provide functional access, such as in large delivery trucks.
Examples of vehicles that are likely to have just a single row cab include: Special-purpose hauling vehicles (“day” trucks), construction vehicles, concrete mixers, dump trucks, box trucks (cargo truck), and many straight trucks.
Truck Sleeper Cab
This type of cab will have space behind the front row of seats. It can be used for drivers who make long over-the-road hauls and need space to rest, take naps, or spend the night.
A semi truck sleeper cab can be fairly spartan, with just enough room for limited storage and a twin mattress. Other cabins have more comfortable accommodations, sometimes with enough room and built-in fixtures for a driver to spend weeks at a time sleeping just in their cab.
Trucks with sleeper cabs will have a longer tractor unit compared to ones with just a single row. The sleeper cab may also have its own windows or a seperate entrance door.
Double Cab Truck
A “double cab” is a semi truck cab with a tractor unit twice as long as a normal sleeper cab. These long tractor units will almost always have additional windows or doors behind the driving area.
A double cab can be used for many things, but the most common use is to provide even more comfortable sleeping and living quarters than a normal sleeper cab. The owner of the vehicle may have a queen bed, a mini fridge, dresser drawers, space for personal item storage, and sometimes even a portable washing machine. Vehicle occupants may also enjoy private bathroom, kitchenette, and other home-y features.
Essentially, a double cab transforms a hauling vehicle into a giant RV, capable of going anywhere over the road for long periods of time without needing other lodging to stay comfortable.
These large units add weight, however, and can be more difficult to control. Some truck drivers have caused accidents by misjudging the braking distance it takes to stop their double cab or the amount of space they need to safely maneuver.
Why Truck Cabs Can Relate to the Question of Negligence
Truck drivers need to be familiar with the features and operation of their cab in order to safely drive on the road. They must also use common sense practices, like securing all cargo in the rear of the cab so that it doesn’t shift unexpectedly or become a flying object hazard during sudden maneuvers. Things in the cab like TVs or smart speakers may also become a driving distraction.
Trucking companies must ensure that all cabs are in compliance with safety regulations and that they are rated to haul the specific trailer unit behind the vehicle. Tractor units must be in full working order, including brakes, lights, and other critical safety systems.
When a driver is unfamiliar with their cab or a trucking company allows an improper cab to go into service, it can count as a breach in their duty of care to keep others safe on the road. Some cabs may also have critical safety defects, such as unreasonably large blind spots and mirrors that don’t account for them.
Your attorney will review the totality of circumstance in your accident to determine whether any parties involved could have been negligent in their use of or design of the truck cab unit. This information can then be used to allege negligence, which opens up the at-fault party to a third-party liability claim.
If you have further questions, do not hesitate to consult with an experienced trucking accident attorney at Auger & Auger. Call (855) 969-5624 or contact us online to schedule a free, no obligation case review now.