Of all motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents have one of the highest likelihood of causing serious injury or death. One of the ways you can reduce your chances of being involved in a truck accident is to understand the most common causes. Here are six of them. If you are injured in a truck accident, remember that you can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030 for a free legal consultation.
- Blindspot Accidents
- Underride Accidents
- Jackknife Accidents
- Rear-End Accidents
All vehicles have blind spots, which are sections out of which a driver cannot see objects or vehicles. Unfortunately, when it comes to big rig trucks, they have much larger blind spots due to their length, size, and height. They do have extra mirrors to partially make up for this, but they still have bigger blind spots than other vehicles.
One of the most deadly of all truck accident types is the underride accident. This involves a truck braking suddenly, and when a car behind them is not able to stop in time, said car slides under the truck. This can actually rip off the top of the smaller vehicle and cause decapitation to passengers.
When a dual-axle truck has to brake hard and suddenly, their wheels can lock. This ends up causing the tractor-trailer to form a 90-degree angle, which can cause the truck to drift into other traffic lanes, skid off the road, or to rollover.
A rollover accident involves a truck tipping over for any number of reasons. It could be because the truck was speeding, the driver turned too sharply, the driver went over a curb, or the cargo load was unstable and caused the truck to rollover.
A rear-end accident is often the result of a truck not following at a long enough distance behind the vehicle in front of them. As a result, when that vehicle slows down, the truck hits them. This can also happen the other way – when a vehicle does not have enough room between themselves and the truck in front of them.
It is illegal for anyone to drive while impaired, but those with CDL licenses have even stricter guidelines. While the average person is not breaking the law until their BAC is 0.08%, a person driving for work is breaking the law at 0.04%.
If you are involved in a truck accident, it is always worth getting a free legal consultation with an attorney. You can do so by calling The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 602-340-0030.