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The mechanical differences between passenger cars and 18-wheel semi-trucks are significant. The sheer size of the trucks and the fact they carry a trailer full of cargo create unique types of accidents. Proper truck maintenance, driver accountability, and safety precautions all work together to prevent an 80,000-pound truck from wreaking havoc on the highway.

Some of the most common types of truck accidents include the following:

1. Tire Blowouts

Everyone has seen pieces of rubber along the highway. Those are left by truckers who experienced a tire blowout. Since big rigs have 18 wheels, one tire blowout may not be a big deal. However, if a front tire blows or more than one tire fails, the trucker may lose control of the vehicle.

Additionally, tire blowouts throw rubber debris across the roadway, posing a threat to other drivers.

2. Head-On Collisions

A head-on collision with a truck occurs when a driver crosses into the lane of the oncoming vehicle. This may happen if the trucker falls asleep or becomes distracted and drifts across the middle line.

Head-on collisions with tractor-trailers are often fatal for the driver and passengers of the smaller vehicle. The larger truck may crush the front end of the smaller car, causing airbags to deploy and catastrophic injuries to those inside the other vehicle. Higher speeds can make these crashes even worse.

3. Jackknife Truck Accidents

A jackknife truck accident occurs when a truck’s cab turns at a 90-degree angle to the trailer. This happens when a trucker hits the brakes quickly and makes a hard turn. The angle formed by the trailer and cab resembles the blade of a folding pocketknife.

These accidents often occur due to wet or icy roads, brake failure, and improper maneuvering by the trucker.

4. Rollover Truck Accidents

Trucks are often imbalanced. When the driver loses control, it can easily roll over onto its side. Rollovers cause significant damage to the road and other vehicles, and cargo may be released as a result.

These accidents often occur due to speeding and improper braking, improper cargo placement, and driver error. If a truck driver is sleepy, distracted, or impaired, rollovers are more likely as the driver loses control of the vehicle.

5. Underride and Override Accidents

An underride truck accident occurs when a truck stops quickly, and a smaller vehicle becomes stuck under the trailer’s rear end. An override truck accident occurs when a smaller vehicle stops in front of a truck and the trucker cannot stop, driving onto the car in front of it.

These accidents happen when a vehicle follows another one too closely or has low visibility due to severe weather. Speeding makes these accidents worse.

6. Blind Spot Accidents

Semi-trucks have large blind spots. Truckers cannot see around them when they change lanes, causing them to push smaller vehicles off the roadway or sideswipe them. These accidents occur when truck drivers fail to properly signal a lane change or turn, as well as when truckers don’t correctly look around them while maneuvering.

7. Lost Loads

When cargo is improperly loaded onto a big truck, there is a risk of lost loads falling onto the highway. This causes dangers to all vehicles around the truck and could result in multi-car accidents. Improperly loaded freight might be the trucker’s fault if they failed to secure the load properly.

The company that loaded the trailer could be at fault. Your truck accident lawyer helps you determine all liable parties.

8. Wide Turn Accidents

Semi-trucks need a wide area to make turns. When they take turns, they often swing out widely in the opposite direction before quickly turning the other way.

This can confuse other drivers around them. Sometimes truckers even pull into multiple lanes to make a wide turn. Other vehicles and even pedestrians are at risk when truckers make improper wide turns.

9. T-Bone Accidents

A T-bone accident occurs when one vehicle hits the side of another, forming a “T” shape with the two vehicles. This can happen when a trucker runs a red light or makes an illegal wide turn, and a smaller vehicle runs into the side of the truck. The smaller vehicle may get stuck under the side of the trailer in this situation, similar to an underride truck accident.

10. Rear-End Truck Accidents

Trucks take a significant amount of time to stop. If a car stops suddenly in front of them, they may not have enough time to stop their massive trailers, leading to a rear-end truck accident. These accidents could result in an override truck accident when the truck drives on top of the car in front.

If a smaller vehicle rear-ends a truck, it could result in an underride truck accident. Rear-end accidents are common in traffic and when vehicles are speeding.

Anderson Injury Lawyers Helps After Your Trucking Accident

The truck accident attorneys at Anderson Injury Lawyers understand the common causes of truck crashes. We know how to prove who is at fault and which party should be held financially liable. We can help you get compensation for your damages.

Call us today in Fort Worth at 817-294-1900 or in Dallas at 214-327-8000 or use our online contact form to reach out.