Types of Truck Accidents
Every year, thousands of people are injured in truck accidents in the United States. Due to the discrepancy in size between large trucks such as tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles, accidents that involve trucks and passenger vehicles often result in serious and sometimes fatal injuries. There is a correlation between the type of truck accident that occurs and the injuries sustained in the crash. Truck accidents can be broken down into categories based on the minutes before and after a wreck.
If you or family member has been injured in any type of truck accident, you may be eligible for legal and financial recourse. Contact an Arizona truck accident attorney today to explore your legal options.
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When a semi-trailers drive axle brake locks up and causes the trailer to skid a jackknife accident occurs. The trailer stops after it forms a 90 degree angle with the tractor. The truck resembles a folding pocket knife during the accident, hence the name jackknife accident. The truck driver has no control of the vehicle when it jackknifes.
It is not uncommon for a jackknife truck accident to end up as a truck rollover crash. When a truck makes a turn too fast it can cause it to rollover. Commercial trucks tend to have a high center of gravity which makes them prone to rolling over.
Underride crashes are an extension of rear-end truck accidents, these crashes are the most dangerous type of truck accident to be involved in. An underride accident occurs when a passenger vehicle rear-ends a large truck and slides underneath the trucks body. Vehicle occupants that survive these crashes generally suffer severe head injuries.
Brake failure or a driver that uses improper braking technique can cause a rear-end accident. Commercial trucks take a greater distance to stop than the average car. The larger and heavier a truck is, the more distance it needs to come to a complete stop. When drivers of passenger vehicles fail to realize this, the risk of a rear-rend accident increases.
There are many factors that can contribute to brake failure including age improper installation or maintenance. Also, brakes can fail from stopping suddenly or overheating.
Squeeze Play and Wide Turn Accidents
The term squeeze play or swinging turn is used to describe a type of crash that happens when a truck driver needs to make turn. When a tractor-trailer, also referred to as an 18-wheeler or a semi-trailer, needs to make a right turn, the truck will swing left to negotiate the turn, increasing the risk of an accident occurring. When a tractor-trailer swings left, it can squeeze a car between the curb and the truck, if the driver does not see the cars next to them. In addition, vehicles that are trying to pass on the right or that are driving on the right-hand side in the trucks blind spot are susceptible to getting hit when the truck driver swings to make the turn.
Commercial trucks have larger blind spots than the average passenger vehicle. Blinds spots are also commonly referred to as the no-zone. As rule of thumb, if you cannot see the trucks mirrors than the truck driver cannot see you. Drivers should avoid driving in the no zone as much as possible. Driving in trucks blind spot increases your risk of being in a collision.
Contact an Arizona Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a truck accident, you may be able to recover damages for medical expenses, lost wages and property damage. Contact a knowledgeable truck accident attorney to learn about the legal rights available to injury victims.
The car accident lawyers at Phillips Law Group have the experience and resources to successfully litigate all types of truck accidents. The Phoenix-based law firm has helped numerous accident victims receive maximum compensation for their losses.
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