Types of Trucking Accidents
Accidents involving large commercial trucks are often devastating. Due to the large size and weight of these vehicles, they are strictly regulated. However, we know that accidents are common. According to the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 4,761 fatalities and approximately 148,000 injuries as a result of heavy truck crashes during the latest reporting year.
Commercial trucks in Illinois and through the US are allowed to weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. Regular passenger vehicles are no match for the size and weight of a truck. Today, we want to discuss the types of accidents that can occur involving large trucks and what kind of injuries we commonly see as a result.
When a truck brakes too hard or hits wet/icy spots in the roadway, the front of the truck and the trailer end up going at different speeds. This can lead to the trailer skidding outward, making a 90-degree angle to the cab.
Trucks can rollover when they lose complete control at high rates of speed, especially if the drive is fatigued. These incidents can impact many vehicles on the roadway at one time and often cross lanes of traffic (even into oncoming traffic).
A tire blowout can happen anytime on the roadway and lead to devastating consequences. A blowout can cause the entire truck to crash, leading to a mass casualty incident. The tire can also fly into oncoming vehicles, causing them to crash.
These are also called swinging turns, and they happen when a driver swings left in order to make a right turn. Drivers to the left of the truck are often struck and pushed into obstacles or oncoming traffic.
All trucks have significant blind spots that drivers should avoid. Drivers cannot see vehicles in their blind spots and often make lane changes that ram into unsuspecting vehicles.
It takes large trucks much longer to slow down. If traffic in front of a truck slows unexpectedly or a driver is not paying attention, they can rear-end vehicles in front of them.
Head-on collisions usually occur when a passenger vehicle driver or the truck driver are operating on the wrong side of the road.
T-bone collisions with a large truck will occur when a truck driver runs a stop sign or a red light.
Underride truck crashes involve a vehicle sliding under the side or rear of a truck trailer, often shearing off the top of a vehicle.
Large trucks often carry hazardous materials that can cause significant harm in a crash not only to the vehicles involved but to the surrounding areas.
Truck accidents often cause severe injuries. Due to the size and weight of these vehicles, truck crashes can become mass casualty incidents. It is not uncommon to see victims suffering from the following in the aftermath of a truck crash:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bone fractures
- Loss of or damage to a bodily organ
- Dismemberment or amputation
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Significant disfigurement
- Other injuries that inhibit a person’s daily activities
Each of these injuries requires victims to seek immediate medical attention. In many cases, victims face long roads to recovery that include surgery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy. These incidents happen in various ways, sometimes due to the negligence of the truck driver (driving impaired, carrying too much weight, etc.) and sometimes due to the actions of a truck company (failing to maintain the vehicle). If you or a loved one was injured in a truck collision due to negligence, our Chicago trucking collision lawyers or Chicago rear-end accident lawyers can help. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.