Types of Truck Accidents
Semis are massive machines that outweigh other vehicles on the road by so much that truck accidents tend to be exceptionally dangerous. Unfortunately, these accidents come in any number of dangerous forms – all of which are potentially life-threatening. If a truck driver’s negligence leaves you injured, reach out to an experienced Clearwater truck accident attorney today.
The Trucks Involved
Commercial trucks come in all shapes and sizes (though they tend to be extremely large and heavy), and truck accidents are similarly varied. In fact, all of the following are likely candidates for dangerous truck accidents on our roads and highways:
- Moving and delivery trucks
- Vehicle transporter trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Dump trucks
- Construction vehicles
- Cargo-carrier trucks
Accidents Caused by Unsafe Cargo Loading
An important component of safe trucking is safely-loaded trailers. When trailers are overloaded or their hauls are poorly distributed, life-threatening accidents can be the result.
Jackknife accidents are terrifying accidents that endanger absolutely everyone on the roadway, and they are often caused by excess speed when taking turns and exits. They can, however, also be caused by or be made worse by poorly distributed loads.
Rollovers have the distinction of being the most dangerous accidents out there, and unsafely loaded trailers often contribute to or cause these serious accidents.
Underride accidents refer to when a vehicle, such as a passenger car, barrels directly under a semi’s trailer. These accidents are exactly as deadly and as terrifying as you would imagine. While big rigs are required by law to have safety bars in the back that help decrease the number of rear underride accidents, many 18-wheelers do not have side safety-bars.
Trucks are massive vehicles that require far-greater stopping distances than do the cars that we drive. When truck drivers fail to maintain a safe distance between their rigs and the vehicles ahead, life-threatening rear-end accidents can happen. The direct impact of these accidents – even at relatively low speeds – can be immense. When truck drivers cut in front of other drivers, they increase the risk that they will be rear-ended by other motorists, and even with back safety-bars, these dangerous accidents can lead to even-more dangerous underrides.
Accidents Involving Runaway Trailers
When it comes to truck accidents, they are all exceptionally dangerous, but it is difficult to imagine a more terrifying sight than a runaway trailer coming toward you on the highway. These death-defying accidents can have a variety of causes, including:
- Manufacturing defects in the coupling mechanism
- Inferior maintenance of the coupling mechanism
- Truck driver’s failure to regularly check coupling mechanism)
Look to an Experienced Clearwater Truck Accident Attorney for the Legal Help You Need
If you are injured by a truck driver’s negligence, the accomplished Clearwater truck accident attorneys at Tragos, Sartes & Tragos have the experience, legal insight, and commitment to skillfully advocate for the compensation to which you are entitled. Your case is important, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 727-441-9030 for more information today.