There are millions of commercial trucks currently in operation within the U.S., which means you are bound to end up next to one of them on the highway or freeway at some point. These commercial trucks play an important role in the economy by helping companies transport their goods from coast to coast. But unfortunately, the size and weight of commercial trucks make them incredibly dangerous to other drivers. Here’s a look at some of the most common types of commercial truck accidents:
Jack Knife Accidents
A jack knife accident typically occurs when the truck driver slams on his brakes. This can cause the trailer of the truck to rapidly shift outwards, forming a 90-degree angle with the truck’s cabin. The driver will completely lose control of the truck once the trailer starts to skid outwards, so there’s nothing that he can do to limit the damage.
Under Ride Accidents
Another accident that can occur when a truck driver slams on his brakes is an under ride accident. If a driver is following the truck too closely, he may not have enough time to stop his vehicle before it collides with the truck. Because the truck is so high off of the ground, the trailing car will not simply collide with the back of the truck in this scenario. Instead, the trailing car could become lodged underneath the truck and the passengers could suffer serious or fatal injuries.
Accidents Involving Cargo
The cargo must be securely loaded onto the back of the truck or it could cause serious accidents. If the cargo is not secure, it could fall off while the truck is in motion and land on another vehicle.
In addition to making sure the cargo is secure, the trucking company must also pay close attention to the distribution of the cargo’s weight. It’s much harder for a truck driver to control the truck when the cargo’s weight is not evenly distributed. The uneven weight distribution could cause the trailer to skid from side to side. Sometimes, an uneven weight distribution can even cause a rollover accident, which occurs when the truck driver loses steering control and the truck rolls onto its side.
These are just some of the many types of truck accidents that occur on the road everyday. Some types of truck accidents may occur more frequently than others, but they are all capable of causing life-threatening or fatal injuries.
If you have been injured in a truck accident, reach out to the attorneys at The Missouri DWI & Criminal Law Center at the Benjamin Law Firm, LLC right away. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience helping truck accident victims recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Call our office at 816-322-8008, email us at email@example.com or fill out our confidential online form to schedule a consultation today.