When a large commercial truck crashes, the results can be devastating. Truck accidents can cause extensive injuries and death, and there can be numerous victims in a single accident. There are many types of truck accidents, and the type of accident in which you were involved can affect your case in many ways. If you have been injured in a truck accident, please talk to our truck accident attorneys today.
The jackknife is the most well-known type of truck accident. Jackknifing occurs when the trailer of the truck swings out to the side, sometimes passing the cab. Typically a jackknife occurs when the cab slows down or stops faster than the trailer. Brake malfunction, improperly loaded truck, or sudden evasive maneuvers are among the possible causes of a jackknife accident. Jackknifing can escalate into a rollover accident.
Rollover accidents are some of the deadliest accidents on the road. Once the chain of events leading to a rollover begins, it can be impossible for even the most skilled and experienced truck driver to recover and avoid the accident. Rollover may have a single cause or be the result of a combination of factors including:
Improperly loaded truck
Inadequately secured load
Sloshing of liquid load
Tanker trucks have an increased risk of rolling because they carry liquid loads.
Underpass, Overpass, or Bridge
Large commercial trucks are very tall and do not fit under all overpasses and bridges. Bridges, underpasses, and other potential obstacles are supposed to be clearly marked with their height limit. Truck drivers have a responsibility to know the height of the trucks they drive and observe these signs. When a truck strikes a bridge or overpass, it can cause the road above to collapse, and block the roadway behind the truck. Multiple vehicles can be involved on both the upper and lower road. This type of accident typically occurs when the truck driver fails to observe the height limit or if the sign is inaccurate, obscured, or missing.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by in a truck accident, please call our truck accident attorneys. The initial consultation with our truck accident attorneys is free, and if we agree to represent you, we will work for a contingent fee, which means we won’t get paid for our services unless you receive a settlement or an award. A truck accident lawsuit must be filed before the expiration of the statute of limitations. Please call right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation.