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Top 10 Types Of Truck Accidents

Trucks can be dangerous – but don’t have to be. Whether you drive a truck, sedan, or an SUV, it’s crucial to be cognizant of common truck related accidents on the road. Here are the Top 10 Types of Truck Accidents:

1. The Truck Driver’s Error
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCA) driver error is ten times more likely to be the cause of an accident, than anything else. Error can be caused by driver fatigue, inattention, distractions, or substance abuse.

2. Truck Equipment Failure
Equipment failures can include design and manufacturing errors (defective tires or failure to provide reverse-detection warning devices); and mechanical problems such as improperly maintained brakes or tires. Although the FMSCA requires every truck driver to perform a pre-trip inspection, and to perform regular inspections and maintenance of their trucks throughout the year, equipment failure is a significant cause of crashes.

3. Jackknife Accidents
You know this one is common because it seems most mornings we wake up to hearing about a “jackknife trailer accident” on the news. This occurs when the trailer’s axle brakes lock into place, which causes the back trailer to veer out of control. Then the trailer is in danger of tipping over, while the truck part stays on the ground, or the entire truck rolls over.

4. Unsafe Loading
If a truck’s load is not safely secured on the trailer, the load can cause the truck to break down in motion. Improper loading can be an imbalanced load, an unsecured load, or a lost load, which can be an improperly placed load that gets dislodged and falls off the back of the truck causing vehicles to swerve – the result is a possible multi-vehicle accident.

5. Drinking & Driving
Unlike car drivers, truck drivers, are prohibited from driving their trucks with even one drop of alcohol in them. It is unlike other types of drivers can have up to the legal limit 0.08% as their blood alcohol content.

6. Under Rides
This is a terrifying scenario. It occurs when a smaller vehicle rear ends the trailer of a truck, and the vehicle gets pulled underneath the trailer.

7. Blind Spot Crashes
The bigger the truck, the thicker the blind spot, is basically the rule. If a truck driver fails to look to see if a vehicle is in the blind spot, an accident is likely to occur.

8. Rear End Accidents
Truck drivers often do not gauge how much space they need behind a vehicle. Rear end collisions can even occur at slow speeds; truck drivers need to be better at preventing these types of accidents.

9. The Runaway Truck
This truck is nothing like Julia Roberts from Runaway Bride. In this situation, a truck does not brake properly, loses control, and a runaway truck accident follows. Another scary scenario likely to cause severe damage to vehicles on the road.

10. Wide Turns
Truck drivers have licenses, training, and experience; still, it is difficult to estimate how much space to allot for the trailer when turning. If a truck driver misjudges, a vehicle waiting to turn can be collided with.

For more on truck accidents, car accidents, and all types of personal injury cases, the skilled and knowledgeable attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh are available to answer your questions. Why not start off with a free case review? Just email us today at so we can get you justice.

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