Trucks have played a significant role in helping the Georgia economy.
Practically every industry relies on trucking companies for the delivery of materials to make their products and deliver their products to various destinations to meet the demands of a growing population.
Although they are essential to society’s survival, large vehicles can cause some of the greatest devastation seen on the roads.
Trucks accidents can inflict catastrophic injury on people traveling in smaller vehicles due to the sheer size alone.
Here are some of the most common types of truck accidents:
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A commercial truck often weighs 80,000 pounds or more which requires longer distances to slow down. Its inability to stop quickly and difficulty in maneuvering makes it a primary cause of significant rear-end collisions, especially when the truck driver is distracted during days when highway traffic slows down due to construction projects, accidents, or the rush hour.
A rear-end accident involving a large truck and an average passenger vehicle weighs which closer to 3,000 pounds can lead to costly damages and endanger the passengers inside. This disparity in size leads to severe and potentially fatal injuries.
Victims of rear-end truck accidents have to deal with astronomical costs of medical bills, vehicle repairs and other expenses.
According to the data from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) on truck accidents that occurred on 2017, five percent involved the front of the large truck striking the rear of the passenger vehicle.
These types of crashes may only represent a small portion of the total truck accidents, injuries, and fatalities, but they still cause severe damage to those involved. The fight to get fairly compensated can also be draining.
Intersection or T-bone truck crashes are often the result of drivers making critical errors at intersections or completely ignoring traffic or work laws that protect the rest of the commuters who occupy the roads.
Intersection crashes result in serious injuries since the vehicles often get hit and knocked off course and pushed into a second collision. These cars will be pushed off course in general or toward the direction of oncoming traffic which puts the occupants of the vehicle at extreme risk of further collision and traumas, whether it’s crashing into guardrails, telephone poles, or other cars.
One of the reasons for these types of crashes to happen is because trucks don’t come to a complete stop. Since it takes longer for trucks to fully stop, a trucker trying to roll through the intersection will have insufficient time to do so before causing a T-bone crash.
Failing to yield is another way for these crashes to occur at four-way stops. While passenger cars do this, the results of a truck driver disobeying the rules of which driver has the right of way and choose to barrel their way through the intersection instead can be more devastating.
Intersection crashes are also frequent in incidents wherein truckers try to speed up to get through the intersection before the traffic lights changes to red as stopping in time after they realize they’re not going to make it is impossible.
Wide Turn Crashes
Even turning is dangerous for larger trucks and any surrounding vehicles since the size and length of large trucks make them much more difficult to maneuver. It’s not uncommon for drivers to either underestimate the amount of space needed or fail to notice vehicles in the trailer’s path when an operator attempts to make a wide turn.
Once the truck driver miscalculates the turn, the wheels can go off the curb and crash into nearby objects. Due to their length and height, large trucks also have the disadvantage of having much bigger blind spots compared to passenger vehicles. This means that there are areas that are entirely invisible to the driver and they would fail to notice a passenger vehicle before making a turn.
A majority of wide turn accidents are honest mistakes made by the driver. However, this doesn’t mean that the driver would be excused from any liability.
A head-on collision occurs when the front end of one vehicle collides with the front end of another car. It’s the most common type of truck accident to happen in 2017 with thirty-one percent of passenger vehicle occupants after their cars struck head-on with a truck.
Head-on truck accidents are some of the most serious cases. This type of accident often causes devastating injuries and fatalities since trucks are capable of inflicting massive damage when colliding with smaller and lighter vehicles.
Many head-on truck collisions happen due to some form of error on the part of the driver which ends up with them being on the wrong side of the road, such as oversteering and driving while distracted or making illegal turns onto a one-way street.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you have rights and may be entitled to recover compensation depending on the gravity of your situation.
Consult with a Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer from The Brown firm for any legal advice or to help you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact us at (912) 200-9755 for a Free Consultation to discuss the nature of your case.