About trucking accidents
Truck accidents, such as those involving semis, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles, are among the most perilous kinds of accidents that can occur on the road. Large trucks may only account for 3 percent of all motor vehicles on the road, but 12 percent of all crashes involve these vehicles. If you or a loved one is injured in an 18-wheeler or semi-truck accident we can help you obtain rightful compensation for your losses.
Types of truck accidents
A tractor-trailer or other truck accident can occur under a number of different circumstances. All types of trucking accidents are dangerous in different ways, and all can cause significant damage and lead to severe injuries or even fatalities. The following types of 18-wheeler truck accidents are among the most common:
Head-on truck accidents — These types of accidents occur when the front ends of two or more vehicles collide, at least one being a semi or other large truck. Head-on crashes tend to be quite violent and can cause serious damage, depending on how fast the vehicles are traveling at the time of impact.
Rear-end truck accidents — A truck may crash into the vehicle ahead of it for several reasons. If the driver ahead suddenly decelerates, a driver following too closely may not have enough time to brake. A fatigued driver who does not adhere to the federal hour limits and rest regulations may have delayed reaction time even when following at a safe distance.
Side collisions — When an 18-wheeler or other large truck crashes into the side of another automobile, injuries and vehicle damage can be the most severe, though the level of damage often depends on the vehicle’s safety features, how fast the vehicle and truck were traveling and the area in which the vehicle was struck. Side-collision truck accidents most typically occur when a truck fails to yield the right of way.
Other types of 18-wheeler and semi crashes include single-truck accidents, multi-vehicle truck accidents, also known as pileups, and underride truck accidents. Whatever type of trucking accident caused your injuries, an attorney from our firm can answer your questions and help you get the compensation you deserve.