The type of truck accident that occurs is almost always a direct correlation to the severity of injuries experienced by those involved. Because of the sheer size discrepancy between a large commercial truck and the average passenger vehicle, the damages from a collision are usually catastrophic, particularly for those in the smaller car.
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Different Types of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are usually caused by one of three things: truck driver negligence, poor vehicle maintenance, or the inability of other drivers to maneuver around a truck. The type of truck accident that happens depends on the circumstances surrounding the cause of the crash. The most common types of North Carolina truck accidents include jackknife accidents, rollover accidents, rear-end collisions, underride accidents, brake failure accidents, improper braking technique and no-zone crashes.
When a tractor trailer’s drive axle brakes lock up and cause the trailer to skid, a jackknife accident usually results. The trailer only stops after forming a 90 degree angle with the tractor. The truck driver has no control over the vehicle while it is jackknifing. This type of accident often results in a rollover accident.
Fast speeds, steep inclines or declines, tripping on a curb or obstacle in the road, taking a curve too quickly or trying to correct a trailer that has drifted off of the road can all result in a truck rollover accident.
Trucks require a much greater stopping distance in order to come to a complete stop when compared to the average passenger vehicle. As a general rule of thumb, the heavier a truck is, the more distance they require to stop. If either a car or a truck driver fails to realize how much distance is needed to stop, there is a much higher risk of a rear-end collision occurring.
An extension of truck rear-end collisions, underride accidents happen when a smaller vehicle goes underneath the rear trailer of a much larger truck. These types of truck accidents often result in fatal head injuries to the driver and any passengers in the car. Underride accidents are one of the most dangerous and fatal types of truck accidents.
Brake Failure Accidents
This type of accident can be a result of the age of the brakes, improper installation of the brakes, poor brake maintenance or overheating.
Improper Braking Technique
Proper braking technique will help preserve a truck’s brakes and prevent a dangerous runaway truck. Truck drivers are trained to apply their brakes in a way that will reduce their speed by about 5 to 6 mph with every application and failure to execute this technique properly can result in an accident.
Trucks have a much bigger blind spot, also called a no-zone, than most cars. The larger the truck, the larger the blind spot, generally. Truck drivers have blind spots in the rear of the truck as well as on the sides and front of the truck. Typically, if you are unable to see the truck driver in his mirror, the driver is unable to see you.
Contact a North Carolina Truck Accident Attorney
At Mike Lewis Attorneys, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of any North Carolina resident who has been injured in a truck accident, regardless of the type of collision that has occurred.
We understand the complexities involved in a commercial vehicle accident claim, as any number of individuals or entities can be held accountable.
We offer free case evaluations to anyone who believes they may have cause to file a lawsuit. During an evaluation, one of our lawyers will assess the merits of your claim and guide you on the best course in pursuing legal remedies for your situation.
If you choose to hire our firm to pursue legal recourse for your injuries, there is never any cost to you until we win a favorable outcome for your claim.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to truck accident victims and their families or to schedule a no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys, complete the Free Case Review form on this page.