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The Most Common Types of Truck Accidents

common types of truck accidents

There is a multitude of elements that may result in an automotive crash. From the glare of the setting sun or a torrential downpour to speeding or failing to adhere to posted signage. One of the most dangerous types of vehicle crashes involves commercial trucking. This is why there are so many rules and regulations truckers must adhere to. And, why we can actually make a distinction between the most common types of truck accidents.

New and emerging technologies such as fmcsa clearinghouse are being created to help employers, FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies, and state law enforcement personnel gain real-time information about the drivers. These vehicles are massive. And, the damage they can cause is equally immense and so they are in need of continuous monitoring. The most dangerous type of truck accident doesn’t actually involve any other vehicles, instead the trucker simply loses control of the vehicle by himself or a mechanical fault occurs. The crashed truck can take a while to be taken off the road and once it does, it will need to be repaired by a mechanic and any faults dealt with (you can find more info on Ferguson Truck Center). Anyway, here are some of the most common types of truck accidents.

Tire Blowout

Tire blowouts can happen to any motor vehicle, but trucks are especially prone. Because of the huge weights these vehicles haul, their tires occasionally experience catastrophic blowouts. When these tire blowouts occur, the driver may lose control, either running off the road, colliding with other motorists, or even tipping over.

Jackknife

Jackknifing is easily one of the most common types of commercial truck accidents across the United States. Jackknifing occurs when a truck driver breaks too hard and too fast, resulting in the trailer skidding outward from behind the truck, creating a 90-degree angle with the cab. Moreover, jackknifing may also result in a rollover, but will likely include many other vehicles in an accident.

types of truck accidentsRollover

As mentioned, jackknifing may result in a rollover. Rollovers, however, can occur from any instance where the driver loses control. Because semi-trucks and tractor-trailers often have large, heavy loads, they may suffer from a weight imbalance. A loss of control can quickly lead to these trucks rolling over, which, in turn, can take helpless motorists with it.

Blind Spots

All vehicles have blind spots – places where the driver simply cannot see other vehicles or road users. Trucks, however, have much more significant blind spots. These blind spots are so dangerous in fact that they are referred to as “no man’s land”. If a truck driver cannot see another driver, it opens the potential risk for devastating accidents. These accidents may include simple collisions, the crushing of cars, and drivers being forcefully thrown off the road.

Lost Loads

Since trucks carry large loads, it is essential to correctly load these loads. When improperly loaded, freight can be ejected from the truck posing a risk for extreme danger for motorists and pedestrians.

What to Do If You Get an Injury Because of a Truck in New Jersey

Every year the estimate is that more than 330,000 people in the United States have an involvement in accidents with commercial trucks. Even more sobering, the direct result of these crashes the death of nearly 5,000 people. Although many can be saved with the help of medical professionals or the ambulance services, or even by other drivers who are stopping to help out and have the necessary C2C First Aid training, these figures are still staggering.

If you or a loved one suffer injuries – or worse – as a result of truck accident negligence, it is essential to contact the truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Rossetti & DeVoto PC. Our expert legal team can assist you in all aspects of your claim from start to finish. We have the knowledge and expertise to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries, including the payment of any and all medical bills, lost wages, damages to your car or vehicle, and compensation for your emotional pain and suffering. Call us today at (844) 263-6260 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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