Types of Truck Accidents

Types of Trucking Accidents

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Categories of Trucking Accidents

While the circumstances surrounding a trucking accident can be as varied as their effects, most collisions can be classified into a specific category based on their causes. The most common types of trucking accidents are as follows:

  • Jackknife: In the event that a truck should brake too suddenly, the momentum can sometimes cause its trailer to swing outward and to the side, striking other vehicles. This is known as a “jackknife” accident due to the acute angle formed by the trailer and cab.
  • Tire blowouts: Exactly as they sound, tire blowout collisions occur when a defective or worn truck tire explodes in transit, causing the driver to lose control.
  • Side-impact crashes: Also frequently referred to as T-bone collisions, side-impact crashes involve a truck plowing into the side of another vehicle. These types of crashes are most often the result of a truck driver’s failure to yield or stop at an intersection.
  • Rollovers: Truck drivers that drive at unsafe speeds in bad weather or drive with an overloaded trailer can lose control of their vehicles and cause them to tip over, known as a rollover.
  • Underrides: Truck drivers that suddenly slam on their bakes or who change lanes without first checking blind spots can cause other vehicles to become trapped under the rear or middle of their trailers. Underride accidents are some of the most severe and are often fatal.
  • Rear end: Collisions that involve a truck slamming into the back end of another vehicle are known as rear-end accidents. Thee collisions are frequently caused by speeding, distracted driving, and failing to brake in time.
  • Loose cargo: If a truck’s payload is not properly secured, it can become loose and strike other vehicles in transit. Similarly, unsecured cargo can cause awkward shifts in weight and cause trucks to lose their balance.

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When considering the immense size advantage of an 80,000 pound commercial truck over traditional passenger vehicles, it is imperative that truck drivers and trucking companies exercise the utmost care to operate these vehicles safely to protect against horrific collisions. Unfortunately, this care is not always taken. If you have been injured in a trucking collision in the Midland-Odessa area, the team of skilled personal injury attorneys at Dean Law Firm are here to help. Having recovered millions on behalf of past injured clients, we have what it takes to protect your rights and maximize your potential recovery.

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