Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of premature death in Georgia. Collisions with large trucks that weigh over 10,000 pounds can cause serious injury and often lead to fatalities. These are the main types of large truck accidents:
- Jackknife accidents. In this type of accident, the trailer skids and only comes to a stop when it reaches a 90-degree angle to the truck’s cab. A truck often jackknifes due to severe braking.
- Side impact and T-bone accidents. These accidents are caused by failing to yield, running red lights, turning across traffic lanes, or failing to assess oncoming traffic when making a right turn at an intersection.
- No-zone accidents. In this accident, impact occurs in an area on the truck where the driver cannot see another vehicle. These zones are not visible in the driver’s side mirrors.
- Brake failure accidents. The federal government has imposed strict regulations on the safety of truck braking systems. The brakes must meet the required braking force relative to the truck’s weight and be able to decelerate to a stop from 20 mph at a rate relative to the truck’s size. The brakes must also meet the specific requirements for the automatic brake adjustment system.
- Rollover accidents. A rollover accident can be caused by the driver taking a curve too fast, oversteering, or failing to take into account the size, weight, or height of his load.
- Rear-end collisions. Heavy trucks require a greater stopping distance. Rear-end collisions may be caused by faulty breaks or a driver’s lack of attention to the car in front of him.
- Underride accidents. These are the deadliest types of truck accidents. They occur when a smaller vehicle hits the trailer and goes under the truck.
- Truck accidents with motorcycles. Most of these accidents happen when a motorcycle is in the truck driver’s blind spot, when drivers are changing lanes, or when driving rules are not followed.
Accidents involving large trucks and smaller vehicles are complex. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a truck accident, you may be confused about how to prove that the other driver was negligent. Call us today at 888-707-1197 to schedule a consultation, or fill out our online form to get help now.