What Kind Of Trucking Accident Injured You?

Trucking accidents involving tractor-trailers, semi-trucks, 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles happen every day and for all sorts of reasons. The driver might be fatigued and fall asleep. He might be poorly trained or driving while drugged or drunk. His vehicle might be improperly maintained.

Crashes involving large trucks are particularly devastating. The average 18-wheeler weighs 80,000 pounds, while the average passenger car weighs about 4,000 pounds. When the two collide in a trucking accident, the odds of the passenger car occupants escaping injury are slim.

Truck accidents take many forms. Rollovers are one of the most common. This happens when the driver takes a curve too fast. The truck tilts away from the curve, and if it tilts too far, then the truck rolls on its side. A truck might also roll over if its load is not secure and shifts during a curve. A rollover might occur if the truck drives over a curb or uneven ground.

Jackknifing is another form of trucking accident. In this case, the driver hits the brakes too fast, causing the trailer to slide at a 90 degree angle to the cab. This can happen very quickly, giving the driver little time to react. Jackknifing trucks are essentially out of control and can easily skid into other cars on the road.

Tire blowouts happen on any kind of vehicle, but truck tire blowout accidents are particularly dangerous. When a tire on a large truck ruptures, the truck can start to slide and slam into nearby vehicles. A manufacturing defect or over-inflated or under-inflated tires might cause such a rupture.

Have you been injured in a trucking accident? If so, contact us. We are Odegaard Miller Law, PLLC, and we are here to protect your rights.