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Truck Accident Types and Causes

A Brief Look at the Most Common Types of Truck Accidents and Their Causes Truck and Car Crash Illustration

All commercial vehicle and truck accidents are different. There are no two cases that are exactly the same. There are however some similarities between the most common kind of truck accidents. Truck accidents frequently include the following:

Jackknife – A Jackknife accident occurs when the trailer behind the truck forms a 90-degree angle with the cab. This usually happens when the axle brakes lock up and the trailer skids.

Rear-end – A truck failing to stop in time can have devastating consequences. The amount of time that it takes a large vehicle to come to a complete stop means that we see an increase in the number of rear-end collisions.

Rollover – The large size and weight of a truck can increase the likelihood for a rollover accident. Many times, a driver may be going too fast for the road conditions or fail to stop in time causing the truck to roll over.

Blowout – Tire blowouts are a common problem for large trucks. These types of accidents are hazardous for other drivers as they can create debris in the road or cause the truck to become unstable resulting in a crash.

Underride – Underride accidents occur when a smaller vehicle becomes lodged under the trailer of the truck.

This list is by no means exhaustive. Truck accidents can involve head-on collisions, debris from lost loads, t-bone accidents and any number of other circumstances.

Common Truck Accident Causes

Just as there are many different types of truck accidents, there are various causes. Some causes include speeding, drug or alcohol use, lack of sleep, violating a traffic law, manufacturer defect, failing to observe traffic or road hazards, failing to properly inspect and maintain the vehicle, improper cargo loading and a number of other potential circumstances.