Types of Commercial Vehicle Accidents

As an Irving personal injury lawyer, I have helped many critically injured victims of commercial truck wrecks throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex since 1991. Due to the sheer size and weight of 18 wheeler trucks and other big rigs, any motorist or passenger of a car, motorcycle or pickup – along with pedestrians and cyclists – is almost certainly guaranteed to suffer extremely severe bodily injuries often requiring emergency medical treatment which typically costs tens of thousands of dollars at a minimum.


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) estimates that approximately 87 percent of CDL vehicle crashes are the result of driver. This is hardly surprising considering that truckers typically spend 11 consecutive hours a day behind the wheel, often traveling a total of 4,000 in any given week. Even though they are professional drivers who make their living hauling massive vehicles, it is inevitable that mistakes will be made. Accidents will happen.

Over the years, I’ve seen several collision scenarios repeat themselves. This does not necessarily mean that the dangers of the commercial vehicle accidents themselves have decreased in number, danger, or seriousness; these types of accidents have been around for quite some time and appear to continue as long as there are unsafe drivers on the road. Here are some of the most common semi-truck accident types I’ve encountered as a Texas truck wreck attorney:

Jackknife Collisions

Poor road conditions, faulty equipment and bad driving (usually improper braking) can all lead to a jackknife accident. This is when a truck comes to a stop with the cab facing in one direction and the trailer facing another. Jackknife accidents pose a hazard to traffic going in both directions as the truck will often come to a stop across multiple lanes of the roadway, creating a very real danger of multiple head-on collisions. The property damage resulting from jackknife crashes alone is often enormous as in most cases all vehicles involved are usually totaled.

Rollover Accidents

An out-of-control 18 wheeler weighing in at 80,000 pounds can do massive amounts of damage if it rolls over. There is no telling when it will come to a stop and the only thing you can count on is that it will cause tremendous property damage and injuries. There are a number of reasons why a truck rollover accident may occur: most commonly, rollovers happen on steep inclines where there are either bad roadway conditions or if the driver catches his truck’s wheels on the curb or other stationary object. Rollover crashes can also happen when a trucker attempts to navigate a turn too quickly. Also, rollover accidents are dangerous because they can place the general public or more than one driver in serious danger. 

Tire Blowouts

We’ve all seen huge big rig tires on the side of the freeway – imagine the harm they could cause if they blew out while you were driving alongside them. When a tire unexpectedly explodes underneath a moving 18 wheeler, it can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, meaning the potential for a multi-vehicle collision is huge. Truck drivers are supposed to thoroughly inspect their rig before heading out and failure to properly maintain tires is a leading cause of blowout accidents, as is the over inflation or under inflation of tires. Tire blowout accidents, similar to many of the types of commercial vehicle accidents that occur, have a high possibility of them being avoided had the truck driver properly inspected their big rig before going on the road. However, tire blowout accidents are different than other types of accidents in that there can be multiple companies who may be liable for the accident, such as the tire manufacturing company that knowingly approved a tire to be sold after a malfunction was caught, the tire distribution company that is responsible of transporting the truck tires to trucking companies, or the trucking company themselves for failing to inspect their tires.
Hurt in a Commercial Vehicle Accident?

If you or someone you love has been hurt in an auto accident involving a commercial motor vehicle, then it is important that you consult with a board certified personal injury and wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you are fully aware of your legal rights and responsibilities to make sure that your right to the full and fair compensation you are entitled to under Texas law is protected. There may be compensation available for lost wages as a result of the accident, medical expenses associated with the accident, and much more. If paying for high medical bills is a situation that you do not want to be in, then call the Anderson Law Firm today. Our attorneys have over twenty years of experience in successfully fighting for the rights of injured car accident victims, so we know exactly how to win your case.
Call us today at 817-717-4731 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation at the Anderson Law Firm where an attorney will discuss with you your case and the types of compensation that you may be entitled to receive. There may be compensation to cover for the medical expenses related to the car accident (including for the present and in the future, lost wages, property damage, and so much more. Contact us today if you have any questions!
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