The Most Common Types of Truck Accident Cases
Most Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers in Georgia and South Carolina
Trucks play a significant role in helping the Georgia and South Carolina economy. Every industry relies on trucking companies to deliver the materials to run their business and deliver those products to various destinations to meet a growing population’s demands.
Although the trucking industry is essential to society’s survival, large vehicles can cause some of the greatest devastations on the roads. Truck accidents can inflict catastrophic injuries on people traveling in smaller vehicles due to their sheer size alone.
Here are some of the most common types of truck accidents that our truck accident attorneys have dealt with.
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A commercial truck often weighs 80,000 pounds or more, which requires a longer distance to come to a full stop. Their inability to stop quickly and their difficulty maneuvering make commercial vehicles a primary cause of significant rear-end collisions, especially when the truck driver is distracted. Distractions may involve construction projects, cell phones, heavy traffic, or rush hour.
Driver fatigue also plays a part in many rear-end collisions. Truckers are often forced to work long hours to get their cargo from city to city, causing danger for everyone else on the road.
A rear-end accident involving an 80,000-pound truck, and a typical passenger vehicle that weighs 4,000 pounds on average, can lead to costly damages and endanger the occupants inside. This difference in size leads to severe and potentially fatal injuries. Victims of rear-end truck accidents have to deal with the astronomical costs of medical bills, vehicle repairs, and other expenses.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), five percent of the commercial truck accidents in 2017 involved the front of a large truck striking the rear of the passenger vehicle. These types of crashes may only represent a small portion of the total truck accidents, personal injuries, and fatalities, but they still cause severe damage to those involved.
Intersection Truck Collisions
Intersection or T-bone accidents are often the result of commercial truck drivers making critical errors at intersections. They are also the result of a driver completely ignoring traffic laws that protect the rest of the commuters who occupy the roads.
Intersection crashes result in severe injuries since the vehicles often get knocked off course and pushed into a second collision when hit. Sometimes the commercial truck can push the car off course toward oncoming traffic, which puts the occupants of the vehicle at extreme risk of further collision and trauma, such as crashing into guardrails, telephone poles, and other motor vehicles.
One reason for this type of truck crash is that semi – trucks don’t come to a complete stop quickly. Since it takes longer for trucks to stop entirely, a trucker trying to roll through the intersection will have less reaction time to stop before causing a T-bone crash. A truck driver trying to avoid hitting a car at an intersection can often lead to a truck rollover.
Failing to yield at a four-way stop is another way crashes occur. It can be devastating when a truck driver disobeys the rules and barrels their way through the intersection when another driver has the right of way.
Intersection crashes are also frequent in incidents where truckers speed up to get through an intersection before the traffic light changes.
Wide Turn Truck Crashes
Even turning is dangerous for larger trucks and any surrounding vehicles because of the considerable size and length makes them much more challenging to maneuver.
Their size also creates multiple blind spots. It’s not uncommon for drivers to underestimate the amount of space needed or fail to notice passenger vehicles in the trailer’s path when attempting to make a wide turn. Once the truck operator miscalculates the turn, the wheels can go over the curb and crash into nearby objects. There are entirely invisible areas to the driver, and it’s easy for inexperienced truck drivers to not see nearby vehicles during a turn.
A majority of wide turn accidents are honest mistakes made by the driver. However, this doesn’t mean the driver would be excused from liability.
Head-On Truck Collisions
A head-on collision with a big-rig truck is one of the deadliest accidents you can be involved in. This devastating collision occurs when one vehicle’s front end collides with the front end of another car.
Head-on collisions were the most common type of truck accident in 2017, with thirty-one percent of passenger vehicle occupants struck head-on.
This type of accident often causes devastating injuries and fatalities since trucks can inflict massive damage when colliding with smaller and lighter vehicles.
Many head-on truck collisions happen due to commercial drivers driving on the wrong side of the road.
Other common truck accident causes include:
- Driving While Distracted
- Driver Fatigue
- Illegal Turns Onto One-Way Streets
Truck Rollover Accidents
A truck rollover is one of the most devastating and frightening wrecks imaginable.
Tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles have a much higher center of gravity than standard passenger cars. If a truck driver takes a turn too sharply or drives too fast, the trailer could flip and roll the entire truck onto one side, creating a dangerous and deadly hazard for everyone on the road.
Sometimes rollover accidents occur because the negligent truck driver was behaving recklessly by speeding, driving while distracted or fatigued, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
A truck rollover accident could also occur when truck operators are driving safely and responsibly. For example, an overloaded trailer or a trailer improperly loaded by a cargo crew may sway dangerously as it makes its way through a turn. The truck’s heavy cargo may also not be secured or balanced properly.
Many rollover accidents also happen because of tire blowouts, which may result from poor maintenance of tires, bad design, or manufacturing defects.
Call the Brown Firm for a Free Consultation With a Truck Accident Attorney After a Commercial Truck Accident
If you were injured in a truck accident, you have rights and may be entitled to recover compensation for considerable property damage and medical expenses from the trucking company’s insurance company.
That’s why you need to talk to an experienced truck accident lawyer if you’re ever involved in a trucking accident.
The trucking industry is notoriously hard to go up against, so you shouldn’t do it on your own. The fight for fair compensation is draining, so consult with a truck accident lawyer from The Brown Firm.
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