4 Most Common Types of Truck Crashes & Their Typical Causes

Truck accidents can occur nearly anywhere, at any time. When one of the following types of common truck crashes takes place, however, there are good chances that some type of negligence was involved.

How Negligence Contributes to Common Types of Truck Accidents

Here’s an overview some of the more common types of truck accidents and the forms of negligence that often cause them, a St Louis truck accident attorney explains.

Here’s an overview some of the more common types of truck accidents and the forms of negligence that often cause them, a St Louis truck accident attorney explains.

Here’s an overview of some of the more typical types of truck crashes that occur on U.S. roads and how negligence is commonly a factor in causing them:

  1. Jackknife truck accidents take place when the trailer of a truck swings out alongside of the cabin, closing in towards the cabin the same way a jackknife (or scissors) close. On highly trafficked roads, these accidents often result in multiple-vehicle collisions.

    Negligence can be a factor in jackknife truck accidents when, for instance, truckers do not properly attach trailers to cabins; when truck drivers are not paying attention to the road and have to make a last-minute maneuver; or even when truck drivers simply lack the experience to safely operate a commercial truck.

  2. Underride crashes occur when a smaller vehicle (usually a passenger vehicle) crashes into a truck, becoming partially or fully lodged beneath that truck. These truck accidents often result in catastrophic – if not fatal – injuries to the people in smaller vehicles, as the tops of smaller vehicles are commonly crushed or even sheared off in these types of truck accidents.

    While truckers’ negligence can play a role in underride accidents when they, for instance, fail to comply with traffic laws, other motorist negligence can also be involved when these drivers are not paying attention to the road and/or may be intoxicated.

  3. Runaway trailer accidents take place when trailers overtake the cabin of trucks, either dragging cabins behind them or becoming fully dislodged from the cabin portion.

    Failing to properly secure to properly secure trailers to truck cabins and not properly loading trucks are two forms of negligence that often contribute to runaway trailer accidents.

  4. Rollover truck accidents occur when, as the name implies, part or all of the truck rolls over. These are among the deadliest types of truck accidents that can occur, especially when smaller vehicles are also involved.

    The negligence that can contribute to rollover truck crashes can include (but is by no means limited to) a failure to maintain trucks, motorists’ impairment and/or distraction, and poor roadway conditions.

Contact an Experienced St Louis Truck Accident Attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

If you have been hurt in a truck crash, an experienced St Charles & St Louis truck accident attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is here for you, ready to provide you zealous legal advocacy, support and experienced help with your financial recovery.

Find out more about your legal rights and what we can do to help you by contacting us today to schedule a free, no obligations initial consultation with one of our lawyers. To set up this consult, call our firm at (636) 946-6886 or toll free at (855)772-5291. You can also email us using the contact form on this page.

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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