Most Common Types of Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks are large vehicles that weigh much more than traditional passenger cars on the roadway. This often leads to devastating crashes and severe injuries for those involved. Large truck accidents happen in a variety of ways throughout Illinois.

Often, it is discovered through an investigation that commercial truck crashes are caused by the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company. Here, we want to review the most common types of truck accidents drivers encounter on the roadways of Illinois. If you were hit by a truck, call a Chicago truck accident lawyer today.

Jackknife accident

Jackknifing accidents occur when a semi-truck essentially folds in on itself so that the cab forms a 90-degree angle with the trailer. These incidents are usually caused by the truck driver braking too hard and too quickly, causing the weight of the trailer to bring it forward against the traction of the cab portion of the truck.

Tire blowout

Commercial truck tires are placed under an incredible amount of stress, and a blowout can lead to a driver losing control of the truck. This can pose a significant danger to nearby vehicles. Additionally, the blown-out tire itself can lead to severe accidents on the roadway.

Wide turn accident

Large commercial truck drivers often swing the vehicle to the left before making a right turn so that they can complete the turn properly. When a driver swings the truck to the left, this can pose a risk to those in the driver’s blind spots or to those coming up on the truck from the rear. Drivers can also trap vehicles or pedestrians on their right side as they are making a turn.

Truck rollover accident

If a driver loses control of their commercial truck, the vehicle could roll over onto its side and onto unsuspecting motorists or pedestrians.

Blindspot accident

Commercial trucks have blind spots on all four sides of their vehicles, and they are aptly named “No Zones.” When a driver cannot see other vehicles while they are changing lanes, it puts others around them in danger of being hit, forced off the road, or crushed.

Rear-end accident

Due to the weight of large commercial drugs, these vehicles can often not slow down quickly enough to avoid rear-ending vehicles in front of them. These accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and significant property damage.

Underride accident

An underride accident is when a tractor-trailer stops quickly, other vehicles approaching can slam into the rear of the truck, causing them to become lodged under the trailer. Additionally, vehicles could get lodged under the sides of a tractor-trailer during a lane change or a T-bone accident. These underride accidents often lead to the shearing off of the top of a passenger vehicle, which can cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities.

Load or cargo accident

It is critical that commercial truck drivers and trucking companies properly secure and load cargo on their vehicles. Failing to do so could result in the vehicle’s weight being displaced, leading to an accident on the roadway. Additionally, unsecured cargo could fall off and strike others on the roadway.

T-bone accident

T-bone collisions can occur anytime a truck driver runs a red light and strikes another vehicle’s side. Again, the weight of a commercial truck can lead to catastrophic damage in the event they T-bone another vehicle.