Types of Truck Accidents
In 2010, 80,000 people were injured in truck accidents in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These accidents were caused by a variety of factors including speeding, inattentive drivers and reckless driving.
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Types of Truck Accidents
The causes of truck crashes can be broken down in to three categories: truck driver negligence, poor vehicle maintenance and the inability for vehicles to maneuver around the commercial truck. The type of accident that occurs depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Listed below are some common types of truck accidents:
Jackknife Truck Accident – A jackknife accident occurs when a tractor-trailer’s drive axle brakes lock up, causing the trailer to skid. Typically, the tractor will stop after it forms a 90 degree angle with the tractor.
Rollover Crashes – A truck rollover crash can be caused by a variety of factors. Some common factors that contribute to a rollover include speeding, steep inclines or declines, tripping on a curb, driving too fast on a curve and oversteering the vehicle.
Rear-end Accidents – Compared to a passenger vehicle, commercial trucks require more distance to come to a complete stop. The more the truck weighs, the more distance it needs to stop. It takes an 80,000 pound truck that is traveling at 30 mph on a dry and level road 100 feet to stop. Many drivers do not realize the limitations that large trucks have when it comes to braking. Following a commercial truck too closely can result in a rear-end collision.
Underride Crashes – An underride accident is a type of rear-end collision. These accidents occur when a smaller vehicle hits the back of the truck that is near the same height as the top of the vehicle, causing the vehicle go underneath the rear trailer. Underride accidents can result in fatal injuries to the vehicle occupants.
Brake Failure Accidents- The brakes on a commercial truck can fail for many reasons such as the age of the brakes, improper installation or poor maintenance. In addition, a truck’s brakes can fail from overheating. Overheating occurs from the overuse or sudden braking at high speeds. The heavier a truck is, the more heat it generates, thus increasing its risk for brake failure.
Improper Braking Technique – According to Technical Services, truck drivers are trained to apply their brakes in a manner that will reduce their speed 5 to 6 mph, with each application. Using the proper braking technique will preserve the vehicle’s brakes and decrease their chances of being involved in a crash.
No Zone Accidents – Typically, commercial trucks have four blind spots, commonly referred to as the “no zone” areas. The larger the truck is, the larger the blind spot is. As a rule of thumb, if you can’t see the truck’s mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you. Many truck accidents in
Connecticut occur when motorists drive in a truck’s no zone.
Squeeze Play and Wide Turn Accidents- These accidents are also referred to as a “swinging turn” accident. When a truck driver needs to make a right turn, the driver will often swing to the left in order to make that turn. The truck may then squeeze passenger vehicles in the no zone between the truck and the curb. Also, cars on the right side of the commercial truck that are trying to pass the truck or are traveling in a blind spot are at risk for being involved in a squeeze play accident.
Contact a Connecticut Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a family member has sustained an injury in truck accident due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Contact an experienced truck accident attorney today to learn about the legal rights available to injury victims.
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