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Common Types of Trucking Accidents

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Accidents involving large commercial trucks cause some of the most catastrophic injuries and devastating personal injury claims in Tennessee. Given the incredible size and force of these trucks on the road, victims in smaller vehicles have little protection when an accident occurs. Truck accidents can happen for many different reasons but certain types of trucking accidents happen more often than others. At Mitch Grissim & Associates, our team of professionals is prepared to zealously advocate for you after an accident. Call the office or contact us today to schedule a free consultation of your injury case.

Jackknife Accidents

Jackknife accidents typically happen when a truck tries to brake quickly or brakes in inclement weather conditions. The weight of the trailer brings it forward against the cab, forcing the cab into a 90 degree angle. This makes the truck impossible to maneuver and avoid other vehicles until it comes to a stop.

Truck Rollovers

Rollover accidents happen more often with commercial trucks than almost any other type of vehicle because of the heavy load and high center of gravity. If the cargo becomes dislodged and makes the truck off balance or if the truck loses control on the road it can lead to the truck rolling over.

Tire Blowout Accidents

Accidents caused by tire blowouts are also common with large, commercial trucks. A tire can blowout because it was not serviced properly or was underinflated. The tire can strike something in the road that causes a blowout or happen because of a manufacturing defect. When a blowout occurs a truck driver can lose control of the vehicle, striking other cars on the road.

Wide Turn Accidents

When a large truck needs to make a right turn, the driver often swings the truck left first. Known as a wide turn, if the truck driver is not paying attention they may strike another vehicle that is passing in another lane. As the wide turn is occurring, there is also the possibility of striking vehicles or pedestrians on the right side, as well.

Blind Spot Accidents

Because a commercial truck is so much longer than normal vehicles, they have a much larger blind spot than other cars. If a truck driver does not check the blind spot before changing lanes or turning, the commercial truck can hit, crush, or force another car off the road next to it.

Rear End Accidents

Rear end accidents also happen frequently with large, commercial trucks. This type of accident can happen where stops are expected, like at a stop sign or stoplight, but the most devastating rear end accidents happen when a stop is not expected, such as during a gridlock on the interstate. When a truck driver is not paying attention and fails to break in time, a rear end accident can cause catastrophic injuries or death to those in the other vehicle.

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If you or someone you know has been devastated by a trucking accident, contact the law office of Mitch Grissim & Associates today to schedule a free evaluation of your personal injury case with one of our Nashville truck accident lawyers now.

Resource:

one.nhtsa.gov/Research/Crash-Avoidance/Heavy-Truck-Research

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