Types of Truck Accidents
West Plains Truck Accident Lawyer
Semi-truck accidents happen for many reasons and in many different ways,
but most of them can be directly attributed to the careless, reckless
or otherwise negligent actions of one of the drivers. In some cases, it
is the driver of the smaller vehicle, but when the commercial truck driver
can be proven to have been at fault for causing the crash, the accident
victim has a right to demand financial compensation by filing a personal
injury or wrongful death claim.
Common Types of 18-Wheeler Accidents
Rear-end crashes are among the most common types of motor vehicle accidents,
but they are an especially serious problem when a semi-truck is involved.
Commercial trucks can legally weigh as much as 80,000 pounds – up
to 40 times more than the average passenger automobile – and they
are capable of causing devastating physical damage when they plow into
another vehicle. Their immense size also makes them more likely to be
involved in a rear-end collision, since they take far longer to come to
a complete stop. For example, a passenger vehicle traveling at 55 miles
per hour can stop within 400 feet, whereas a large truck will require
twice that distance to stop when traveling at the same speed.
A semi-truck rollover may be caused by sudden gusts of high speed winds,
such as those which are common on the high plains, but a more common cause
of rollover is the failure of the truck driver to safely navigate a corner
or a turn at an intersection. Every truck has a rollover threshold, which
is its ability to resist the centrifugal forces which cause a truck to
roll over, and cornering at a speed which exceeds this threshold makes
it all but certain that the truck will tip over. In some cases, a vehicle
which is traveling alongside the truck may be crushed, while in other
cases the accident victims are injured when their vehicles crash into
the truck lying across the road.
One of the most dramatic types of truck accident is the jackknife accident,
which derives its name from its similarity to the motion of a jackknife
as it swings shut. If a truck driver suddenly hits the brakes too hard
or too quickly, the trailer is liable to swing forward, pivoting on the
trailer hitch in the direction of the cab. Anyone who has the misfortune
of traveling alongside the truck at the time that this occurs is likely
to be caught up by the trailer as it swings forward, and the accident
victims may even be pinned between the trailer and the cab. Those who
are following the truck at the time of the accident are liable to be involved
in the crash, as their own vehicles collide with the trailer as it sits
across the road presenting a barrier for oncoming traffic.
Perhaps the most horrific variety of
truck accident occurs when a passenger automobile crashes into the back end of the truck
trailer. Semi-truck trailers should all have underride guards installed
on the bottom of the rear, since this strong metal frame can save lives
in the event of an accident. If the underride guard crumples – or
is not there in the first place – the smaller vehicle may slide
underneath the trailer, with the result that the bottom of the structure
is likely to shred through the engine compartment and sometimes into the
passenger area of the automobile.
Free Consultation with Henry & Williams, P.C.
Whatever type of accident caused your injuries or the death of a loved
one, you can come to Henry & Williams, P.C. for help. Contact a West
Plains, Missouri injury lawyer for a
free initial consultation
to discuss the situation and learn whether you have grounds to file a
personal injury or wrongful death claim, and to find out how much your
case may be worth in financial compensation!
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