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Trucking Accidents


Trucks are a part of our everyday lives. They deliver the goods we order and get people the things they need. Although they are essential to our country's economy and built into our way of life, those large work vehicles can still be a high risk to other drivers.


There are many kinds of truck accidents and each can be caused by different factors. These types of accidents can not only mean damage to your property, but also to yourself or loved ones. Some accidents can inflict lifelong complications or, worse, be fatal.



Most Common Types of Truck Accidents:


Blind Spots- Blind spots on trucks are much larger than on regular sized vehicles. When a truck driver’s view is obstructed from a blind spot and cannot see other vehicles changing lanes, it can put those vehicles in great danger.


Head On- When a truck collides with the front end of another vehicle, the victims are often left in fatal conditions or have life-long injuries that would require permanent care.


Jackknife- If a truck towing a trailer hits their breaks hard and skids, the trailer can push the towing vehicle from behind until it spins the front of the truck around and faces backwards.


Lost Load- Improper loading and unsecured truck loads that fall out can put the nearby vehicles and drivers in serious danger.


Rear-end- This one of the most common types of vehicle accidents. The substantial weight of trucks can cause great damage to not only a vehicle, but to drivers as well. Even though the site of impact is the opposite end of the driver’s position these accidents can still be fatal.


T-Bone- When a truck runs a red light through an intersection, these is a great chance it will collide with another vehicle that is properly passing through the intersection in the other direction.


Tire Blowout- Tire blowouts are dangerous because they immediately affect a driver’s ability to control their vehicle. When a tire blows out on a truck, the danger becomes extreme due to a truck’s larger weight and load size. This can cause more damage and can have sometimes fatal outcomes.


Truck Rollovers- When a truck driver loses control a truck can topple over onto its side.


Under Ride- This accident is when a small car or vehicle approaches the back of a truck too quickly after the truck slams on their breaks. The smaller car can become lodged underneath the trailer of the truck. This is often a fatal accident.


Swinging Turn- This is also known as a wide turn. When a truck has to swing into the left lane to make a right turn. A truck can hit other cars or, even worse, squeeze a car between the truck itself and the curb.




Most Common Trucks on the Road:


Garbage Trucks- These work vehicles, also known as dump trucks, can present high levels of risk to those within its vicinity. This includes drivers, bikers, and even walkers. This vehicles are often in residential areas and work with large amounts of materials and waste.


Tractor-Trailers- These trucks haul cargo, have significant blind spots, big rigs and are usually driven for long stretches at a time. The combination of all these factors increases the risk of danger for other drivers.


Tanker Trucks- This type of work vehicle hauls liquids or gases. Their unique shape and large size increases their chances of rollovers and accidents.


Flatbed Trucks- This type of work vehicle has an open trailer. The open trailer makes the trucks more susceptible to accidents with improperly secured cargo and lost-loads.


Tow Trucks- This type of work vehicle is heavy and can tow up to 13,000 pounds. These large vehicles are usually owned and run by private businesses and sometimes those businesses can give their drivers insufficient training. This can lead to an increase in mistakes or improper truck driving.




Truck Accidents Involving Different Vehicles


Commercial Trucks- These are the types of trucks that you will see the most on your average day. There are 7 main types of commercial vehicles: Dump Trucks, Cement Mixers, Tractor-Trailers, Flatbeds, Tankers, Refrigerated Trucks, and Heavy Haulers.


Government Vehicles- These are vehicles that are owned by the government are often under government immunity, which can make it very hard to sue, but it can be done. Government vehicles include Buses, Fire trucks, Police cars, Utility trucks, and others. The difficulty of these specific kinds of cases require seasoned and experienced lawyers. We want to see to it that you are getting the justice you deserve.


Private Vehicles- Tow Trucks are often owned by private companies and can sometimes have drivers that are inadequately trained. Recreational Vehicles (RVs) that you see on the road can be from privately owned companies renting out their RVs. RVs are increasingly becoming more and more common on the roads. Due to the fact that RVs do not require specific training or even special licenses. Operating this larger machinery without those requirements could lead to unintentional unsafe driving and endangering you and your loved ones.



Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents:


  • Bad weather
  • Road Construction/ Bad Road Conditions
  • Mechanical Malfunction caused by poor maintenance
  • Blind Spots
  • Negligent Driving
  • Fatigued Driving
  • Improper Loading
  • Improper Training



What Does Negligence Look Like?


Failing to obey traffic laws: Speeding, failing to yield, running spotlights, etc.

Failing to be alert while driving: Failing to follow traffic laws, to pay attention, failure to be prepared for unexpected circumstances.

Failing to maintain control of a vehicle: swerving, slamming on breaks, etc.

Failing to use car equipment properly: a driver not using their turn signal, failing to use their hazard lights when needed, failing to fix broken tail lights or headlights, etc.

Driving impaired: under the influence while driving

Improperly loaded truck: Failing to properly load and strap down materials can cause Lost Loads

Improper training- Depending on if the truck driver was hired through a private or public company training of its drivers could vary and certain elements of their training could fall through the cracks.


Common Causes of Negligence on the Road:


Driving under the influence- alcohol or drug use



Larger blind spots on trucks


Types of Truck Accident Injuries:

  • Head and Brain Injuries
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Rib and torso injuries
  • Seat belt injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Wrongful death- Death by truck accident is increasingly more likely than from car accidents.
  • Broken Bones and Fractures
  • Paralysis


What can you do after a truck accident?


A truck accident can be a heartbreaking and traumatic experience. Justice can never replace a loved one, but can give you peace of mind. It can help you get the compensation you need.


If you or a loved one was injured or wrongfully killed in a truck accident, contact Vrdolyak now.


Our attorneys can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.


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