Types of Truck Accidents

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An accident between a semi-truck and a passenger vehicle can be devastating. Regardless of the types of truck accidents, most victims’ lives are changed forever.

Types of Truck Accidents

What are the Most Common Types of Truck Accidents?

There are three categories of truck accidents, which include:

  1. Truck driver negligence
  2. Poor maintenance
  3. Negligence of other drivers sharing the road with the truck

The type of accident that will occur depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident. But, some of the most common types of truck accidents we see at Leifer Law Firm include:

    • Rollovers – There are numerous ways a semi-truck can experience a rollover. From speeding to taking steep inclines or declines to accidentally tipping over a curb, the possibilities are endless. But, a rollover can take other vehicles with it – causing catastrophic results.
    • Jackknife Accidents – A jackknife occurs when the trailer’s drive axle brakes lock into place, causing the back trailer to skid out of control. The trailer itself may tip over while the actual truck stays on the ground or it may force the entire truck to rollover.
    • Under-rides – These are one of the most dangerous and fatal types of truck accidents on the road. This is when a smaller vehicle rear-ends the trailer of a truck and is forced underneath the trailer, often leading to fatalities or severe injuries.
    • Rear End Accidents – The heavier the truck load, the more distance is needed to stop. Truck drivers who do not calculate how much space they need may rear end the vehicle in front of them. Even at slow speeds, a rear-end collision with a semi-truck can cause catastrophic injuries and damages.
    • Motorcycles – For some reason, trucks and motorcycles cannot share the road together – and it is a common type of accident. Because motorcycles are often in a truck’s blind spot, a driver may move over without seeing the motorcycle rider. Most often, accidents between trucks and motorcycles result in fatalities.
    • DUI – Truck drivers have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs just like passenger vehicle drivers. Truck drivers, however, have additional responsibility on the road and are not allowed to operate their vehicle with a drop of alcohol – while other drivers can have up to 0.08% in their blood before breaking the law. Unfortunately, many truck drivers drink during their pit stops and still get behind the wheel.
    • Brake Failure Accidents – Semi-trucks rely heavily on their brakes to stop and brake failures or malfunctions may cause the truck to crash into vehicles or objects. Brake failure can occur due to improper maintenance, manufacturer defects or improper installation.
    • Runaway Trucks – When a truck does not brake properly, they may lose control of their truck, resulting in a runaway truck accident. These trucks are uncontrollable and can be traveling at significant speeds at the time of impact.
    • Blind Spot Accidents – Trucks have significant blind spots and the larger the truck, the thicker the blind spot. If they do not look to see if a vehicle is in their blind spot, they may accidentally crush that vehicle or run it off the road changing lanes.
    • Wide Turn Accidents – A truck driver needs to account for their trailer when making a turn. Sometimes they may misjudge, resulting in an accident with vehicles waiting for their turn signal.
    • Tire Blowout – Similar to a blowout on a passenger vehicle, a truck can easily lose control when one of the tires blows out – and that blow out debris can take out several vehicles, too.
    • Side Impact – Side impact or T-bone collisions are common with semi-trucks just as often as passenger vehicles.
    • Lost Loads – When a truck’s load is not properly secured, it can fall off the back of the truck causing vehicles behind it to swerve and possibly collide with one another, the debris or even the truck.

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    Hire the Truck Accident Attorneys at Leifer Law Firm

    At Leifer Law Firm, we believe that you deserve compensation for your injuries and you need an advocate beside you to fight against the trucker’s insurance company and team of lawyers. We understand truck accidents and we know how to get our clients maximum settlements.

    If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Contact the attorneys at Leifer Law Firm today for a free consultation regarding your case and to explore your legal options.