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Common Types of Semi Truck Accidents

Updated on: 10/12/2021

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Because of the sheer size and weight of semi-trucks and other similar commercial vehicles, motor vehicle accidents which involve large semi-trucks and tractor trailers are often very destructive when they occur. This includes both the damage to an individual’s property as well as personal injuries, which are often exponentially more serious because of the high impact.

There are many ways that semi trucks — which typically weigh over 10,000 pounds each before taking on a full cargo load — can become involved in accidents with other vehicles and people. However, below is a list of the most common types of large trucking accidents.

Common Types of Truck Crashes

Rollover truck accidents: A rollover accidents occur when the rotation of the truck is 90 degrees or more, on a sideways or longitudinal axis. These types of accidents can be extremely dangerous, especially when the truck is carrying heavy loads that may fall onto other vehicles.  Rollover accidents typically occur when trucks take curves too fast and over-steer, but the chance of a rollover accident increases when the load is not secured properly.

Jackknife accidents: A jackknife accident occurs when the trailer is positioned at a sharp angle to the tractor- almost 90 degrees. This happens when the trailer of the truck swings outward from the cab. This type of accident occurs when the driver stops suddenly, which causes the cab to skid or the breaks to lock up.

Underride and Override accidents: Underride and override accidents are somewhat similar to a rear-end collision and occur when another motor vehicle slides underneath the large truck. Most trucks are fitting with guards to prevent this, but in some instances, these accidents still occur.  These accidents can be devastating- and generally lead to severe head injuries.

T-Bone accidents: Side impact crashes with a semi truck are some of the most deadly trucking accidents that can happen. T-bone truck accidents cause extensive damage and leave people severely injured or dead.

Head-on collisions: A head-on collision with a semi truck is much worse because of the combined speeds of the truck and the passenger vehicle. These collisions are rarely survivable, and if passengers do survive, they are often left with severe, debilitating injuries.

Left-turn accidents: Department of Transportation studies have shown that left turning vehicles are the most likely to cause a fatal intersection crashes. When a large truck is involved, the damages are only going to be increased.

Backing accidents: Just as there are driver blind spots when operating on the highway, there are blind spots that a truck driver cannot see when backing up. If a pedestrian, bicyclist or motorist is caught in that blind spot, the consequences can be severe.

Hazardous cargo accidents: As well as meeting the regulations applicable to all semi trucks, trucks carrying hazardous cargo have to follow more rules to ensure the safety of everyone on the road. Hazardous materials are classified into nine categories, each carrying significant health risks in a crash.

Abandoned truck accidents: Abandoned trucks can cause collisions when they consume parts of traffic lanes. 

Consult with an Attorney after a Semi Truck Accident

These are the most common types of severe trucking accidents that occur on the roadways. Because these types of crashes are so catastrophic, it is important to call an attorney immediately to go over your legal rights. There is often a great deal of evidence and witness testimony that needs to be preserved in order to ensure your claim is properly handled, which only increases the importance of hiring the right lawyer for your case.

The car accident attorneys at Davis Law Group, P.S., have the necessary experience and resources to fully evaluate your claim and give you the legal help you deserve. Call the Davis Law Group at 206-727-4000 or contact us online here for a free legal consultation today. 

Chris Davis
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Chris Davis is the founder of Davis Law Group, P.S. in Seattle, WA.
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