The Most Common Types of Trucks Involved in Accidents

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Accidents Are More Common in Certain Types of Trucks

In Georgia, motor vehicle crashes were the second leading cause of injury deaths of adults in 2020, according to a report by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Quite a number of those fatal injuries were a result of truck accidents. 

Trucking accidents are devastating due to the significant weight of trucks. However, some trucks are more dangerous and prone to serious crashes than others based on factors such as size, handling, controls, and cargo type.

Essentially, larger trucks with more than one part are often at higher risk of being involved in a traffic accident. Tankers hauling hazardous materials are significantly more dangerous, as an accident involving a tanker can easily turn into a chain of catastrophic accidents.

If you have been involved in an accident involving a commercial truck of any type or size, reach out to us at Dressie Law Firm. Our attorneys have handled many truck accident cases and recovered millions for our clients. We can help you get fair compensation. 

    The Different Types of Trucks and Their Risks

    Although truck accidents are often caused by driver or company negligence regardless of truck type, some trucks are more dangerous than others and more likely to be involved in accidents. Here is a list of trucks most often involved in accidents:


    Also known as tractor-trailers or 18-wheelers, semi-trucks are large commercial trucks that are composed of two or more parts. These trucks haul hundreds of thousands of pounds of loads in North America. Their optimal performance and easy handling make them an ideal choice for long-distance transportation. However, they have some weaknesses, making them prone to accidents.

    What percentage of accidents are caused by semi-trucks? Semi-trucks account for the majority of truck crashes, as they are the most common truck type on the road. These trucks are easy to roll over due to their higher center of gravity. A truck rollover accident is more likely to occur when they’re hauling heavy loads or overspeeding. 

    Semi-truck rollovers can damage the transported cargo and crash other vehicles or pedestrians on the road. Semi-truck accidents can be disastrous on a large scale if the transported cargo is explosive.

    Their weight also gives them a longer stopping distance, making them prone to rear-end truck accidents. Poor wheel and braking system maintenance could increase the braking distance. 

    Semi-trucks require regular maintenance and checks to keep them in optimal conditions. 

    Box Trucks

    Box trucks might be lighter than semi-trucks but are heavier than passenger vehicles. They’re mainly used for local and regional deliveries. Many truck drivers love them as they’re lighter, have shorter stopping distances, and are easier to handle. However, box trucks are also prone to accidents. 

    They’re more vulnerable when turning and in intersections. Box truck accidents are often involved in different types of truck accidents, including rear-end collisions, fender-benders, cargo shifts, wide turns, and backing accidents. 

    Box trucks are smaller in size and weight compared to semis and wouldn’t cause as much damage. Their shorter stopping distance also reduces the risks of rear-end collisions. Box trucks also have smaller blindspots compared to semis.

    Tanker Trucks

    Tankers are large trucks that transport liquids and gases, which are primarily hazardous, including gasoline and chemicals. They have cylindrical tanks attached to them and vary in size depending on the type of liquid they are transporting.

    Any content spilling could cause catastrophic results. Liquid chemicals, like acids, solvents, or industrial substances, are known to be corrosive and could cause significant damage to people and properties. They could result in severe burns from direct skin contact or respiratory issues from inhaling the fumes. 

    When these trucks are involved in accidents, the aftermath can be catastrophic.


    Flatbeds are among the most dangerous trucks on the road. They are known for their roofless and open cargo bed. Flatbeds transport heavy equipment like machinery that could tilt and fall if not secured firmly.

    The biggest threat from a flatbed is the load falling over. However, risks such as spillage and debris shouldn’t be underestimated. Some debris might be big enough to block passenger vehicles behind the truck, triggering a chain of accidents.

    Projectiles from the load could also become a problem, especially when the truck is braking. These projectiles travel quickly and with a lot of force and could lead to an accident, especially when they hit the windscreens of other vehicles. 

    Read more about this in our truck accident FAQ section.

    Determining Liability for Truck Accidents

    Liability for a truck accident may vary depending on the facts of the accidents. However, truck drivers, trucking companies, and, to some extent, truck manufacturers are often the liable parties.

    • Drivers: They’re held liable if and when it’s proven they are at fault. Actions like reckless driving, overspeeding, and fatigue are enough to make the truck driver liable for the accident.
    • Trucking Company: Trucking companies are held liable for their drivers’ actions. The companies have a legal obligation to hire and train the right drivers. They should conduct a background check on all drivers to determine their qualifications. Poor truck maintenance is another cause for holding the truck company liable for an accident. 
    • Manufacturing Companies: The manufacturer of the truck or specific truck parts can be liable if manufacturing defects cause an accident.

    Sometimes, the victim is also found to be partially at fault if they negligently contributed to the accident.

    Recoverable Damages in a Truck Accident Claim

    Following a truck accident, victims can file a personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company for compensatory damages. Here is a rundown of these damages:

    • Medical Expenses: These are usually related to hospital and healthcare expenses, such as surgeries, therapy, rehabilitation, and prescriptions. 
    • Property Damages: It’s compensation for replacing or repairing a damaged property, like a passenger vehicle or other properties. 
    • Pain and Suffering: These damages could cover emotional distress and physical pain experienced by the victim after the accident. 
    • Lost Wages and Earnings: Victims can sue for all income-related damages, like lost wages or loss of earning ability, when recovering from the accident. 
    • Disability: Victims may claim damages for disability from an accident.

    The value of these damages depends on the severity of the injuries and losses sustained by the victim as well as their percentage of fault. In Georgia, a victim’s compensation is reduced by the percentage of their fault. However, if a victim’s fault is determined to be more than 50%, they cannot claim any compensation.

    Your truck accident lawyer will help you estimate your damages and put up a good fight to recover them in full.

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

    Truck accidents are devastating, with many victims left scarred for a long time. Semi-trucks, trailers, and tankers are some of today’s most dangerous trucks. Their sheer size and the dangerous cargo they carry lead to severe injuries and death. Box trucks also pose a risk of equally dangerous collisions. 

    If you or someone you love has been involved in a truck accident, contact Dressie Law Firm today for a free consultation with an experienced Atlanta truck accident attorney. Our truck accident attorneys have the necessary skills and experience to get you the justice you deserve.

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