No matter the cause, trucking accidents are always dangerous. Trucking accidents may occur for a number of reasons, including mechanical failures, poor weather conditions, or driver error.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a trucking accident, please contact the legal team at Ashenden & Associates, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia. Our law firm has extensive experience working on behalf of trucking accident victims and their families. Continue reading to find more information about the different types of trucking accidents.
Truck Accidents Due to Brake Failure
When a large tractor-trailer experiences brake failure, dire consequences often result. Because of the sheer size and weight of commercial trucks, a brake failure means that the truck will crash with a large amount of power into whatever crosses its path.
If someone is injured in an accident due to brake failure or defective equipment, the trucking company or equipment manufacturer may be held liable.
Truck Accidents Due to Tire Blowouts
Tire blowouts are especially dangerous because they often cause the truck to lose control and travel across multiple lanes or leave the roadway. These types of trucking accidents may also cause tire parts and other large debris to fly across the roadway into oncoming traffic.
Jackknife Trucking Accidents
Jackknife accidents occur when a tractor-trailer’s cab and trailer form a “V” shape. These crashes often occur due to sudden or improper braking measures, poor weather, or the negligence of other drivers.
Jackknife trucking accidents are not only dangerous for truck drivers themselves, but also for other drivers and pedestrians nearby. The velocity of a large commercial truck bending in half can be fatal for those individuals in vehicles close to the truck.
Rear-End Truck Accidents
Read-end trucking accidents occur when a commercial truck runs into the back of another vehicle. Because large commercial trucks are so heavy, once they pick up speed it is difficult for them to brake suddenly. For this reason, drivers should always be aware when large trucks are nearby and take proper safety precautions to alert them of an upcoming stop.
Driver negligence may also contribute to many rear-end trucking accidents if drivers are not paying adequate attention to the roadway and traffic signals.
Under-Ride Trucking Accidents
Under-ride trucking accidents occur when a vehicle riding behind a commercial truck runs into the back of the truck and slides underneath the truck. Much like rear-end accidents, under-ride crashes can be incredibly dangerous for passengers in the vehicle that drives under the truck. To avoid under-ride accidents, drivers should always maintain a safe distance between themselves and commercial trucks ahead of them.
Head On Collisions
Head-on collisions between trucks and other vehicles may occur due to mechanical failures or driver negligence. In most head-on collisions between a commercial truck and a vehicle, those in the car will likely sustain the most serious injuries. If a truck driver fails to maintain their lane and causes a head-on collision, they often cause grave injury to those in their path.
A rollover accident occurs when a semi-truck leaves the roadway and rolls over onto its side, often sliding for a considerable distance. As with the other types of trucking accidents, rollovers are incredibly dangerous for surrounding vehicles and passengers because of the massive size and weight of commercial trucks.
Blind Spot Accidents
While most vehicles have a small “blind spot,” or area where it is difficult to see surrounding cars, commercial trucks have much larger blind spots. Drivers are advised to stay clear of the rear and sides of commercial trucks to avoid blind spot accidents. One good rule of thumb to remember is that if you can’t easily see a truck’s mirrors, they can’t see you.
When passing a semi-truck, always pass on their left side, and give them ample room before you move back into their lane.
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If you or a loved one have been injured in a trucking accident, please contact Ashenden & Associates, P.C. in Atlanta to set up a free consultation.