Although there are many different types of truck accidents, most of them are known to cause immense damage to those involved. Trucks present a unique type of risk to other motorists and pedestrians on the roadways. Because trucks are often larger and heavier than other vehicles, collisions put motorists at an increased risk of personal injuries, health complications, and even wrongful death.
If you were involved in a truck accident, you may be owed compensation to cover the costs of your injuries, lost wages, damaged property, and other forms of recoverable damages.
A lawyer who focuses on personal injury and truck accidents may be able to help you if you were injured or suffered losses in any of the following types of truck accidents.
Large commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks pose a greater risk for rollover accidents. With a high center of gravity and a greater vulnerability to road and weather conditions, large trucks can roll over and cause great damage to other motorists, their passengers, and pedestrians. Uneven road surfaces and wind can also cause a rollover accident.
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Semi-trucks and big rigs are often tasked with driving long distances across the country. This mileage wear and tear can put substantial pressure on a vehicle’s tires. When a truck’s tire blows out, the driver may veer into oncoming traffic or make a rapid corrective maneuver that results in a rollover. This is why truck accidents caused by tire blowouts can be especially dangerous as they often affect multiple vehicles traveling at high speeds.
In some cases, a tire blowout may be caused by a failure to abide by guidelines that were put in place to help prevent accidents. As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) outlines, there are precise hours of service regulations in place to prevent drivers of commercial trucks from getting fatigued at the wheel. Nonetheless, accidents sometimes happen when the rush to move cargo quickly forces drivers and the companies for which they work to break these rules.
Jackknife accidents occur when a large semi-truck or big rig bends to a right angle. These accidents can take place when trucks are making large, tight turns. Similarly, jackknife accidents may also be the result of a swift maneuver or loss of control by a truck driver.
Head-on collisions with semi-trucks and other large vehicles often carry devastating consequences. The mass and size of semi-trucks make head-on collisions particularly dangerous. Although these types of truck accidents are rare, many times they are attributed to negligent or reckless driving.
According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), failure to yield citations are common for the 55-plus community. About 35% of traffic citations issued to the 55-plus community are for failure to yield the right of way.
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Cargo accidents occur when a driver or trucking company fails to properly load and secure its cargo. If cargo is not safely secured, it may roll off a vehicle, making for a disastrous collision with another vehicle. In these cases, the role of both the driver and their company will often fall under scrutiny by legal teams and law enforcement entities.
If you are involved in a truck accident, you should always contact emergency medical services and report the incident to local law enforcement authorities. After contacting medical help and law enforcement, you should obtain the contact information of anyone else who was involved in the incident. Taking photos and videos of any damage can also help to serve as relevant forms of evidence as legal teams and insurance companies investigate the incident.
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If you were involved in any type of truck accident, you may be worried by the thought of confronting the legal, financial, and personal details awaiting you. When you work with a lawyer, they will step in to help you as they build a case that defends your rights.
At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers our legal team is here to help you traverse the legal system after a truck accident. We will investigate the accident, establish a liable party, and fight to obtain any forms of monetary compensation that you may qualify to receive.
To learn more about how we can help you, call our office today at (404) 888-8888.