We’ve all seen large trucks while driving on Georgia highways. These vehicles are vital to the U.S. economy, as they transport about 71.5% of our goods across the country. Trucks have a regular presence on our roads, and their numbers are on the rise. While this is good news for our increasing population, it also means a higher chance of truck accidents. Trucks are huge, heavy vehicles that can pose a large risk to other drivers if a collision happens. And there are different types of truck accidents that can happen depending on how the incident occurs.
9 Most Common Types of Truck Accidents
Many truck accidents are unique to this type of vehicle because of its size, length, and inability to maneuver as quickly or efficient as other vehicles like cars or motorcycles. Below are the different types of truck accidents we see the most at John Foy & Associates.
1. Wide Turn Collisions
Before a truck driver can make a right turn, they must swing slightly to the left to make room. When this happens, other motorists can think the truck is moving into the left lane instead—and begin to pass on the right. When the truck instead turns right, a collision can happen, squeezing the motorist in between the truck and side of the road.
2. Jackknife Accidents
Jackknife truck accidents happen when the truck’s trailer skids and forms a 90-degree angle with its tractor (the front portion that is pulling the trailer).
Jackknifes usually happen when the truck driver brakes too quickly or their brakes lock up. The driver loses complete control of the vehicle, which can easily lead to a fatal collision.
3. Rollover Accidents
Jackknife accidents can often lead to rollover accidents, which is when the truck slides and rolls over onto its side or further.
Other incidents that can lead to truck rollover accidents include:
- Losing a tire
- Steep road inclines or declines
- Taking a road curve too quickly
- Tripping on a curb
Just like with a jackknife accident, the trucker no longer has control of the vehicle during a rollover, and the consequences can be deadly for everyone involved.
4. T-Bone Accidents
When the front of a vehicle crashes into the side of another, it’s known as a t-bone accident. These types of truck accidents often happen at intersections when one vehicle does not stop at a traffic light or stop sign or doesn’t properly yield the right of way.
5. Blind Spot Accidents
Trucks can have significant blind spots that block the driver’s visibility. That means they may not be able to see other motorists as they change lanes and begin passing the truck. If a trucker moves into the same lane without seeing the other driver, it can lead to a side collision or force the other driver off the road.
6. Head-On Collisions
Head-on collisions are serious in any situation, but when a truck is involved, they are usually fatal. A head-on truck accident can cause victims to lose their lives or be left with life-long disabilities.
7. Rear-End Collisions
Since trucks are so heavy, they need more time and distance to fully stop. If the truck driver does not account for this or the motorist behind them fails to stop soon enough, a rear-end collision can occur. This can lead to serious injuries and vehicle damage.
8. Under-Ride Accidents
Under-riding is sometimes an effect of truck rear-end collisions. Under-ride accidents occur when a small car or other vehicle collides with the back of a truck and the momentum forces the first vehicle underneath the truck. These are some of the most fatal types of truck accidents because they can completely destroy the smaller vehicle and everything inside.
9. Lost Loads
A truck accident doesn’t always have to involve a direct collision with the truck itself. If the truck’s freight is loaded improperly, goods can fall out of the vehicle and onto the road, hitting or causing accidents for nearby drivers.
Were You in a Truck Accident in Georgia?
In most situations, truck accidents result from the negligence of the truck driver, the trucking company, or a maintenance company that works on the vehicle. Either way, the accident can lead to serious, even deadly, injuries for nearby drivers, bikers, pedestrians, and bicyclists on the roads.
When someone is hurt or killed in a truck accident they didn’t cause, they are entitled to file an insurance claim with the at-fault party. If you or a loved one is in this situation, John Foy & Associates can help.
We’ve been representing truck accident victims for 20+ years with a proven track record of success. We understand the complexities of trucking industry laws and how they affect our clients. Our goal is full compensation for what you and your family have suffered. For a FREE consultation and case evaluation with us, call us today at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form on this page to get started.