Types of Truck Accidents

Handling All Types Of Truck Accident Cases

At Davis Law Group, our western North Carolina truck accident lawyer is thoroughly experienced in handling every type of trucking accident claim. We have accident reconstruction experts that can accurately assess exactly what happened in your accident, identify and analyze the tractor trailer driver’s violations, and obtain the full compensation you deserve. Contact attorney Brian Davis to learn more about how our firm can be of service after your truck accident.

Common Causes Of Big Rig Accidents

Some of the most common types of truck accidents are:

  • Jackknife accidents. A large 18-wheel semi truck can end up in a “jackknife” position when the tractor’s drive axle brakes lock up, and the trailer skids, stopping only after it forms an angle of 90 degrees with the tractor. During a jackknife, the driver has no control over the truck, and many times the truck can roll over. Anyone in the path of a jackknifing truck is in mortal danger.
  • Rollover accidents. Although many rollover accidents are the result of speeding, semi trucks can roll over at speeds as low as 5 mph, especially on steep inclines or declines, or where the wheels “trip” on a curb or other object. An 18-wheeler can roll over when taking a curve too fast or when semi truck drivers try to return to the road after putting a tire off the pavement. After the truck has begun to roll, there is no control over how long it will roll, or where it will end up.
  • Tire blowout accidents. Like other motor vehicles, a tractor-trailer truck can have a tire blowout, but, unlike other motor vehicles, the consequences of a tire blowout on a semi truck can be far worse. We can all imagine the difficulty of trying to control a car with a blown-out tire. Now try to imagine handling a semi truck, which weighs tens of thousands of pounds more than a car, with a blown-out tire and possibly a full load of cargo. The result is disastrous for any victims caught in the way.
  • Underride accidents. Underrides occur when a truck stops suddenly, and a smaller vehicle behind the truck continues forward and goes underneath the rear trailer. The passenger portion of the car crashes into the rear of the trailer. If the smaller vehicle is going fast enough, it is likely that the entire cab of the car can be destroyed.

There is no doubt that 18-wheel tractor trailers experience unique types of accidents in comparison to general motor vehicle accidents. No matter how your accident occurred, you and your loved ones deserve caring and comprehensive representation. The dedicated legal professionals at Davis Law Group are ready to provide just that.

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Regardless of where you live in the United States, if you have been a victim of a truck accident, contact Davis Law Group by sending us an email or calling us toll-free at 888-773-8388 today to set up a free initial consultation.