Common & Deadly Types of Truck Accidents: Head-On Collisions, Rear-End Crashes & Jackknife Accidents
Fully loaded commercial trucks can weigh between 16 and 20 times more than standard passenger vehicles. This can make truck versus car accidents devastating – if not deadly – even when crashes happen at lower speeds.
What can be just as difficult to deal with as the aftermath of truck accidents, however, can be knowing that the accident could have been prevented if an involved party had been more careful, sober and/or responsible.
At the Law Offices of Pius Joseph, our Pasadena lawyers have been committed to advocating the rights of truck accident victims for nearly 30 years. Known for providing aggressive, effective legal advocacy, as well as compassionate, caring service, our attorneys will work relentlessly to help accident victims pursue all available legal remedies so they can obtain the compensation and justice they deserve.
Head-On Truck Accidents
Head-on collisions are among the deadliest types of traffic accidents that can occur, especially when one of the involved vehicles is a commercial truck. Although any number of factors can end up causing head-on truck accidents, some of the more common factors tend to include:
- Driver negligence – When truckers and/or other motorists on the road are distracted or drunk, there are far greater chances they will drift into oncoming traffic and cause head-on truck crashes.
- Road conditions – A lack of center dividers, no night lighting or even covered/damaged traffic signage can all contribute to poor roadway conditions and, in turn, head-on truck accidents.
- Environmental factors – In some cases, environmental factors, such as heavy rain or snow, can impede visibility and, in doing so, increase the risk of head-on truck accidents.
Rear-End Truck Accidents
Rear-end truck accidents can also end up being more severe when passenger vehicles are involved, as these collisions can lead to:
- Underride truck accidents – When passenger vehicles rear-end trucks, the front ends of the smaller vehicles can get lodged beneath trucks, resulting in underride truck accidents. These crashes can be deadly when the force of the impact shears off the top of passenger vehicles.
- Head injuries and/or occupant ejections – When passenger vehicles are rear-ended by trucks, there are greater chances that the occupants of the smaller vehicles will sustain severe head injuries and/or be thrown clear from vehicles, especially if seatbelts were not worn or a vehicle lacks airbags.
In many cases, the negligence of either the truck driver or another motorist plays a role in causing rear-end truck accidents.
Jackknife Truck Accidents
Occurring when the trailers of trucks swing out alongside of them and close in towards cabins, jackknife accidents are also often life-threatening. This is because they can cause other vehicles to rollover, be trapped beneath the truck or even just veer off of roadways.
Although various factors can contribute to jackknife accidents, some of the more common causes can include:
- Failures to properly secure cargo or trailers
- Reckless driving on the part of truckers
- The negligent actions of other motorists, which can force truckers to have to slam on the brakes and/or swerve immediately, increasing the risk of jackknifes.
Contact a Pasadena Personal Injury Attorney at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph
If you have been hurt in any type of truck accident, contact a Pasadena personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph for vigorous representation, compassionate service and effective legal advocacy when you need it most.
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