Types of Truck Accidents
Proven Truck Accident Attorneys in North & South Carolina
The number of registered large trucks has increased significantly in recent years. More trucks on the highways of North Carolina and South Carolina means an increased risk of serious and fatal accidents. Because of the size and weight of 18 wheelers, the accidents involving large trucks have a higher rate of serious injuries and fatalities than crashes involving only passenger vehicles.
There are a number of different common types of truck accidents. Unfortunately, any type of accident involving a large truck is likely to cause greater harm to the drivers and passengers of the smaller vehicles involved in the collision. If you or your family is a truck accident victim, you will need help.
The Law Offices of Jason E. Taylor have a North and South Carolina truck accident attorney here to help motorists who have been injured in accidents involving large trucks. We are not intimidated by trucking companies. We have been successful in helping clients seek compensation after accidents caused by the negligence of truck drivers and trucking companies.
We answer phones 24/7. Call our offices today at (800) 351-3008.
How Truck Accidents Occur
Many truck accidents involve some type of driver error on the part of the truck driver. The driver may be speeding, driving too fast for road conditions, inattentive to traffic ahead, following too closely, distracted by looking for directions or talking on a phone or dangerously fatigued. In some instances, a truck may have a defective tire that blows out or the truck may have brakes out of adjustment because they have not been maintained properly.
Once a truck driver loses control of a big rig weighing 80,000 pounds and traveling at high speed, everyone else on the highway is at serious risk. Many different accident scenarios may unfold.
Different Types of Truck Accidents
These collisions typically occur when a truck driver or another motorist crosses the center line into an oncoming lane of traffic. Drowsy drivers and drunk drivers are more likely to cross into oncoming traffic. The impact of head-on collisions usually causes incapacitating or fatal injuries.
Tractor trailers have large blind spots on either side and behind the vehicle. Truck drivers may overlook drivers riding along in an adjacent lane and try to change lanes, causing a side swipe accident. Sideswipe accidents also occur when trucks drift out of their lanes.
Ran out of Lane or off Road
Trucks may run off the road because the driver was attempting to avoid a collision or because a driver was distracted or nodding off. Accidents involving running off the road may be single-vehicle accidents or may involve multiple vehicles.
A jackknife accident may occur when a truck driver slams on the brakes, causing the trailer to swing out at an angle to the cab, like a pocketknife folding together. An 18 wheeler that jackknifes at high speed may cause a multi-vehicle accident with serious injuries.
An 18 wheeler has a higher center of gravity than a passenger vehicle and this increases a truck’s tendency to rollover, particularly if the trailer is improperly loaded or if cargo shifts. A truck driver may swerve to avoid something and then over-correct the steering, losing control of the vehicle. Tanker trucks may be involved in rollover accidents if a driver takes a banked curve too quickly and the liquid load shifts suddenly.
Rear End Collision
Rear end collisions are among the most common type of collisions involving large trucks, accounting for nearly a quarter of accidents in the Large Truck Causation Study, a comprehensive federal report on truck crashes. Because of their weight, trucks take a longer distance than smaller vehicles to stop. Truck drivers may fail to detect changing traffic conditions such as work zone congestion ahead that require the truck to brake. A fatigued or drowsy driver may have slowed reactions that prevent the driver from avoiding a crash.
The difference in the height of trucks and cars makes them structurally incompatible, allowing the front end of a car to slide underneath a truck trailer in a collision and crush the auto’s passenger compartment. Underride guards on tractor-trailers are designed to keep occupants of cars and passenger vehicles from sustaining severe injuries if a car rear ends a tractor trailer. But tractor trailers’ rear guards often fail to do their job, exposing car occupants to head injuries, decapitation and deadly injuries in truck crashes.
Bridge strikes involving 18 wheelers are a serious issue, causing injuries and fatalities each year. Bridge strikes are typically avoidable accidents caused by a truck driver’s failure to familiarize himself with the route and pay attention to road signs warning of height restrictions on bridges and overpasses. A driver who strikes a bridge may come to a sudden halt and precipitate a rear end collision involving other vehicles following behind.
What to do After a Truck Accident
At The Law Offices of Jason E Taylor, we represent people who have been seriously harmed by negligent truck drivers and trucking companies that put profits ahead of traffic safety. Our mission is to help hard-working people who have become a truck accident victim through no fault of their own obtain the compensation needed to move forward after a serious accident has turned a life upside down. If you have been harmed by an accident caused by a large truck in North Carolina or South Carolina, you may be eligible to obtain compensation for your present and future medical expenses, lost income due to the injuries, pain and suffering and permanent disabilities.
If you have been involved in a truck accident in North Carolina or South Carolina, call (800) 351-3008 to arrange a free consultation with an experienced South and North Carolina truck accident lawyer. We’ll review the facts of your accident, answer your questions and explain how we can help you.