The Different Types of Truck Accidents

Learn about the most common types of truck accidents and how to protect yourself. Discover what causes these accidents and how to seek compensation.

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Why Understanding Types of Truck Accidents Matters

In 2021, there were 39,508 fatal road crashes resulting in 42,938 deaths. This is 12.9 deaths per every 100,000 people. A very high rate indeed. But what percentage of these accidents is caused by semi-trucks? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 9% of fatal accidents involve large trucks.

Although not so common, truck accidents are a major threat to passenger vehicles and road users. Every year, thousands of truck accidents occur in the U.S., with hundreds of people losing their lives and countless others ending up with serious injuries.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, having as many details about the accident is crucial for a successful claim. One of the important details that can help you establish liability and fault is the type of accident.

There are many types of truck accidents, each with different causes and results. Understanding the accident you were involved in helps you prepare for the legal battle so that you know your legal options and rights. 

At Dressie Law Firm, we have handled truck accident cases for decades and have what it takes to get you fairly compensated for your damages.

    Common Types of Truck Accidents

    Head-On Collisions

    Head-on collisions are among the most common truck accidents in the U.S. They are also among the most catastrophic due to the tremendous forces involved. There are many causes of head-on collisions, with common ones being truck driver fatigue, driving on the wrong side of the road, driving while distracted, or a truck driver losing control. 

    Jackknife Accidents

    Jackknifing is common in semi-truck accidents. It occurs when too much force, such as sudden braking, forces the trailer to skid and swing around to the cab. Overloading trailers and slippery roads may also cause jackknife accidents. 

    Rollover Accidents

    Rollover accidents happen when too much force makes the truck tip over. This could result from instant braking, uneven road conditions, or sharp turns, which the tractor-trailers cannot handle.

    Preventive measures like speed limits, bumps, and proper lighting provide some means to keep everyone safe on the road. There are also some safe driving practices that every truck driver should follow on the road to avoid rolling over.

    T-Bone Accidents

    T-bone accidents happen when a truck crashes into the side of another truck or a passenger vehicle, forming a T-bone shape. They are usually very catastrophic, especially for the vehicle that has been hit. T-bone accidents are caused mainly by someone running a red light, overspeeding, ignoring other vehicles, or distracted driving. 

    Common Truck Accident Injuries

    Truck accidents often lead to serious and fatal injuries, including:

    • Internal bleeding caused by severe internal organ injuries

    • Traumatic brain injuries, including brain hemorrhages and concussions

    • Spinal cord injuries that lead to paralysis or limited mobility

    • Broken bones from forceful impact

    • Burns from explosions, hot fluids, or hazardous materials

    • Death

    Typical Causes of Truck Accidents

    Driver Fatigue

    Working long hours and driving long distances often leads to fatigue. Accidents tend to occur when truck drivers fail to take enough rest. Driver fatigue causes thousands of accidents yearly in the U.S. It’s easy for truck drivers to sleep on the wheels or lose focus when tired.

    Distracted Driving

    Distracted driving causes at least 10% of truck accidents in the U.S., according to FMCSA. A truck driver can be distracted by many things, including the GPS, cell phone, or someone else in the vehicle.

    Poor Road Conditions

    Uneven pavements, potholes, and slippery surfaces are leading causes of poor road condition accidents, which account for 5% of all road accidents. Bad weather and poor infrastructure are usually to blame. 

    If you have been in any of these accidents, an experienced truck accident attorney at Dressie Law Firm can help you navigate the complex claims process. We have handled many truck accident cases and possess the necessary experience you need to recover damages. We are just a click awa

    Legal Remedies and Compensation

    Determining Fault

    For anyone involved in a truck accident, determining fault is crucial to recover compensation. Obtaining eyewitness testimony, collecting accident evidence, and taking photos of the accident scene help determine the responsible party. In rare situations, more than one party might be liable. For instance, a truck driver might be liable for distracted driving, while the trucking company is liable for not maintaining their trucks to industry standards. This can include various types of truck accidents, such as jackknife accidents and rollover accidents, where multiple factors contribute to the crash.

    Recoverable Damages

    Truck accident victims may be entitled to several damages depending on their injuries. Here are some common damages to expect:

    • Lost wages for the period you have been out of work recovering or if you’re rendered unable to work again.

    • Medical bills, including surgeries, medication, and therapy.

    • Property damage.

    • Pain and suffering to compensate for the physical and emotional pain suffered by the victim.

    Why Choosing the Dressie Law Firm for Truck Accident Representation Is the Right Decision

    Dressie Law Firm has impressive experience and staff capable of handling truck accident claims of all sizes. We have handled hundreds of cases and succeeded in maximizing their value. Our truck accident lawyers will assess your case and determine the best course of action. We handle everything, from collecting evidence to filing your claim and negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf.

    Our client-centric approach ensures your case gets the required attention. An experienced and compassionate truck accident lawyer can guide you through the complex trucking accident claim procedure while you recover.

    If you or your loved one has been in a truck accident, Dressie Law Firm is here for you. Our experienced Atlanta truck accident attorney can walk with you until you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

    The Dressie Law Firm Can Help You

    If you or a loved one is a victim of a reckless or negligent driver, we want you to know that the law is on your side and so is the Dressie Law Firm.

    Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!