Types of Truck Accidents
The trucking industry in the United States is one of the largest in the world. Each day, close to six million tractor trailers, and another two million semi-trucks, share the road with passenger vehicles across the country. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were over 400,000 reported accidents involving tractor trailers in 2015 that resulted in close to 4,000 deaths and over 80,000 injuries. The average weight of a tractor trailer is over 10,000 pounds, and when one collides with a passenger vehicle, the injuries are often catastrophic.
At Williams Cedar our legal team is dedicated to helping injured victims and the families of those fatally injured in truck accidents claim the maximum amount of compensation they deserve. Injuries sustained in truck accidents can be severe, leaving victims with lifelong pain and disability. Medical bills and lost wages can quickly devastate a family’s financial health.
Types of Truck Accidents
There are many types of commercial trucks on the road that can cause serious and often fatal injuries when a crash occurs. Driver negligence, bad weather, speeding, poor road conditions, overloading, poor training, unqualified drivers, driver fatigue, drug and alcohol use, and improper maintenance of trucks are the leading causes of these deadly accidents. Moreover, there are different types of truck accident types including:
- Jackknife Truck Accidents: When a truck driver loses control of the rig and slides into a 90-degree angle, passenger vehicles often collide with the truck or become trapped under the truck if it rolls over. Equipment failure and driver negligence are often at fault for this type of truck accident.
- Rollover Accidents: Rollover truck accidents are one of the most common types of truck accident, and the most avoidable. When a truck driver fails to reduce their speed when turning or approaching a curve, or if they overcorrect their steering when trying to avoid hitting another vehicle or obstacle, the truck can rollover. This type of accident often injures the truck driver and other drivers and passengers that are crushed under the weight of the truck.
- Head-On and Rear-End Collisions: Speeding, aggressive driving, distracted driving, driver fatigue, and drug or alcohol use by truck drivers are the most common causes of head-on and rear-end collisions. The injuries and vehicle damage sustained by the passenger vehicle is often horrendous, resulting in serious and frequently fatal injuries.
- Underride Truck Accidents: When a passenger vehicle crashes into the side or back of a tractor trailer, the smaller vehicle can slide under the bed of the truck. Underride guards on large trucks are there to prevent the catastrophic head, neck, chest, and back injuries that can result from this type of accident, but they are not always effective.
- Blind Spot Accidents: The sheer size and height of a tractor trailer creates what are commonly referred to as “No-Zones,” or blind spots. Truck drivers need to recognize and avoid these blind spots, and be alert to passenger vehicles that may be entering or exiting a blind spot. This type of accident most often occurs when trucks are changing lanes.
- Lost Load Accidents: Cargo improperly contained or secured on a truck can fall from the rig and onto the road, causing a deadly accident when passenger vehicles are hit by the load, or collide with other vehicles as they swerve to avoid the falling load. Trucks that are overloaded can also lose cargo as the weight shifts during transport.
- Wide Turn Accidents: Tractor trailers and semi-trucks need to swing wide to the left when making a right-hand turn. Trucks often collide with passenger vehicles during a right turn, and can crush another vehicle as it becomes trapped between the truck and the side of the road. Truck drivers must use extreme caution and reduce their speed to avoid this type of accident.
- Tire Blowout: A tire blowout can happen on any type of vehicle, but truck drivers need to be cognizant of the condition of their tires to avoid blowouts. If trucks swerve and lose control when a tire blows out, they can collide with other vehicles on the road.
Cherry Hill Truck Accident Lawyers at Williams Cedar Help Victims Injured in Truck Accidents Claim Compensation
If you or someone you know has been injured in a trucking accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The experienced team of Cherry Hill truck accident lawyers at Williams Cedar is committed to helping our clients claim the maximum amount of compensation available for their injuries.
Call us at 215-557-0099 or 856-874-7500, or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. Our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia and Haddonfield, New Jersey and we serve clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.