When truck drivers make mistakes, fail to obey traffic laws, or drive while under the influence, everyone suffer the consequences. Truck accidents are responsible for 4,000 deaths each year, making commercial vehicles the biggest dangers on roads.
1. A head-on collision
A head-on collision occurs when the front end of a truck collides with the front end of another vehicle. If a truck driver falls asleep and ends up on the wrong side of the road, he’s likely to cause a head-on collision. This type of accident often results in fatalities, especially if the truck hits a small vehicle.
2. Jackknife Accidents
This type of accidents happens when a truck driver brakes fastly, and the trailer swings outward. This type of accident mostly causing: Wet Roads, Increased Speed, Bad weather, Curvy Roadway, Poor Lighting Conditions, Increased Length of the truck etc.
3. Rear-End Accidents
Rear-end accidents are especially dangerous because the trucks weigh so much more than other vehicles. Most rear-end accidents are because a truck driver’s negligence in one of these ways:
• Following Too Closely
• Distracted Driving
• Impaired Driving
• Improper Lane Change
4. T-Bone Accidents
T-bone accidents, also called side-impact collisions, occur when a truck driver strikes the side of a vehicle rather than the front or back of a vehicle. If a truck crashes into the front or back of your vehicle, you at least have the bumper or engine compartment to protect you. That’s not the case with T-bone collisions. If a truck hits the side of your car, all you really have for protection is your door. In the best-case scenario, the truck is going slow enough that you only sustain minor injuries. If the truck is going fast enough, it can roll your car over, causing severe injuries. This type of accident often occurs due to failure to yield, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, or running red lights. T-bone collisions also occur when truck drivers turn across several lanes of traffic.
5. Truck Rollovers
If a truck driver loses control and his truck starts sliding sideways, the truck is likely to roll over. Many rollover accidents are preventable if drivers and trucking companies follow federal and state regulations. For example, obeying speeding laws makes it less likely that a truck will roll over while the driver is negotiating a curve. Distracted driving, speeding, driving under the influence, and reckless behavior also cause rollover accidents.
6. Lost Loads
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act require drivers to inspect their loads and ensure all cargo is secure. If cargo is not secured properly, there is a risk of it falling off the truck and obstructing the roadway. There is also a risk that the cargo will shift and throw the vehicle off balance, making it difficult for the driver to make turns or negotiate curves.
7. Tire Blowouts
If you’ve ever had a tire blowout, you know how difficult it is to maintain control over your vehicle. Just imagine trying to control a truck weighing 40,000 or 60,000 pounds. This type of accident often causes significant damage because the driver does not have control over the truck which leads to a massive crushing impact. High speed + loss of control + heavy machine = devastating consequences.