Truck accidents are extremely dangerous. Trucks weigh much more than your average car, bus, or motorcycle, and thus carry a lot of momentum as they travel, meaning they’re more difficult to stop and cause a substantial amount of extra damage when they collide with an obstacle. Additionally, because they are so large, trucks tend to become involved in accidents in ways cars or other vehicles typically don’t.
Here are some common types of truck accidents.
Jackknife Accidents – A jackknife accident can occur when a truck driver slams control on their brakes and the cabin of the truck spins while the trailer does not. This can result in injury to the driver as well as to others on the road who may collide with the truck.
Tire Blowouts – A tire blowout can happen anytime, particularly in a truck that is overloaded or has not been maintained in some time. A tire blowout can also cause a truck to lose control, but more importantly could release shrapnel onto the highway at high speeds, which could cause an accident with other vehicles on the road.
Rear-end Accidents – Trucks, being large and heavy, cannot stop as fast as a regular vehicle, and could rear-end another car if they are cut-off or forced to brake late. Rear-end collisions caused by commercial trucks can result in major neck injuries and possibly further collisions because of the distance they can push you.
Wide-turn Accidents – Trucks have to make wider turns than other vehicles due to their long length and central pivot point. This means when turning next to a truck at an intersection, they could cut into the lane of another vehicle and collide with them or squeeze them off the road. In tight-turn cases, they could even potentially run a vehicle inside of their turn over.
Lost Load Accidents – This is one of the most common types of accidents, and is caused when a truck loses some of its cargo that is not properly secured. A lost-load accident can result in a lot of vehicles quickly swerving, which can lead to a loss of control, collisions, or damage caused directly by the loose cargo.
Head-on Accidents – Truck drivers frequently operate their vehicles while tired, which can cause them to drift in and out of lanes, potentially over center-divider lines. This can create head-on collisions, which can result in serious, and often fatal accidents.
Under Ride Accidents – These accidents occur when a motorist gets lodged under a truck’s trailer after a truck stops too quickly. Like head-on collisions, these accidents are often fatal due to the large weight of the truck.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident, you may be experiencing intense emotional strain and overwhelming stress. For this reason, it’s important to retain legal representation from a truck accident attorney who understands what you are going through. At Sico, Hoelscher, Harris & Braugh, LLP, we listen to our clients and learn how they have been impacted by their accident, and we use their experience to develop an effective case to help them obtain the best possible compensation.For assistance after your truck accident, call Sico, Hoelscher, Harris & Braugh, LLP today at (877) 631-9965.