Due to the size and weight of a commercial truck, a truck accident can cause serious and often fatal injuries. There are thousands of trucks on the road at any given moment, which makes it hard to avoid driving near one. But, by learning about the different types of truck accidents that can occur, you may be able to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Here are some of the most common types of truck accidents:
The term “jackknife” is used to describe a truck accident that occurs after a truck driver slams on the brakes too hard. When this happens, the truck’s cabin will come to a stop, but the trailer will turn outwards until it has formed a 90-degree angle with the cabin. The driver will not have any control over the truck during this type of collision, so he will not be able to move the truck to avoid crashing into other vehicles.
Wide Turn Accidents
The larger a vehicle is, the harder it is to turn, which is why truck drivers must exercise caution when attempting to make a turn. Truck drivers swing the truck slightly to the left before making a right turn, however this maneuver often leads to a crash. Drivers that are to the left of the truck may be caught off guard by the truck moving in their direction. On the other side, drivers may be hit if the truck driver does not successfully make the turn or if the truck starts to roll over.
Under Ride Accidents
Drivers may not have enough time to safely come to a stop if a truck driver suddenly slams on his brakes. As a result, the driver may collide with the back of the truck and get stuck underneath the trailer. This is one of the most fatal types of truck accidents, which is why it’s so important to always leave plenty of room between your vehicle and the truck in front of you.
“No Zone” Accidents
A truck driver’s blind spots are often referred to as “no zones” because no driver should ever drive in these areas. If a truck driver cannot see you, he may change lanes or turn and collide with your vehicle since he doesn’t know that you’re there.
Unfortunately, these are just some of the many types of truck accidents. If you have been injured in any type of truck accident, contact Reisch Law Firm at once. Our personal injury attorneys will immediately launch an investigation to determine who should be held liable for your injuries. Schedule a free consultation today by calling 303-291-0555 or filling out this online form.