Truck accidents are some of the most catastrophic that can occur and often leave those involved in the crash enduring significant injuries. Unfortunately, these types of crashes come in many different forms—many coming because of negligence. Here are some of the most common truck accident types.
A jackknife accident is when a truck skids and the trailer folds to create an angle like that of a folding pocket knife. Jackknifing occurs because of equipment failure, inability to brake appropriately, inclement weather, or overloaded cargo.
Whenever a large commercial truck takes a sharp turn or has an imbalanced trailer, there’s a possibility that specific situations can cause the truck to rollover. Similarly, overcorrecting the truck after swerving can result in the trailer using momentum to bring the whole rig to its side.
Blind Spot Accidents
Large commercial trucks often have a sign on their trailer, claiming, “if you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you.” These signs are not just fun warnings truckers stick on the rear of the trailer—it’s the truth. Large trucks have significant blind spots making it nearly impossible to see motorists. When truck drivers fail to check before merging lanes, they increase the span of that blind spot. With multiple lanes and vehicles on the road, this is one situation in which crashes occur.
Lost Load Accidents
Some trucking companies and truck drivers fail to check their trucks before traveling. If the company overloads the trailer or the hitch attaching the trailer to the truck is faulty, there’s a possibility a steep incline can cause the trailer to disconnect. As a result, those behind the lost trailer risk crashing and sustaining significant injuries.
At Dismuke Law, we have the experience necessary to protect the rights of those who suffer injuries caused by negligent truck drivers. Our Lakeland truck accident lawyers are ready to safeguard your rights to compensation every step of the way.
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