Although truck accidents can have a huge variety of causes and lead to countless different types of injuries, the vast majority of truck accidents can be classified under six distinct case types when presented to an insurance company or in a courtroom in an effort to get compensation for the victims.
Over the years, the Hendersonville truck accident attorneys at Matt Hardin Law built strong claims from a wide variety of truck accident case types, and we know how to maximize our clients’ chances of getting full compensation for their expenses. If you were recently injured in a truck accident and need experienced legal representation, get in touch with us by dialing filling out a free online form today.
6 Case Types Most Common in Truck Accident Claims
The most common types of cases involving big trucks include:
Left turn accidents
Because trucks carrying trailers require much more time to complete left turns than standard passenger vehicles, truck drivers must take their time and wait for a large opening in oncoming traffic before attempting the turn. However, some truck drivers are negligent and complete their turn despite the presence of oncoming traffic, causing approaching drivers to slam on their brakes and even collide with the truck or trailer due to not having enough time or space to stop.
Trucks sit high up off the ground, and many vehicles are low enough to the ground to be in danger of passing underneath truck trailers. Underride accidents such as this can occur when a truck driver either blocks the road with a dangerous maneuver or switches lanes into an area of the road already occupied by a small vehicle. Accidents like this are almost always fatal or life-threatening and can cause severe head, brain, and spinal injuries.
Stopped truck accidents
Because trucks take up a lot of room on the roadway, truck drivers are required to place reflective warning markers behind their stopped vehicles to warn approaching drivers of their presence. When truck drivers fail to do this, it can be difficult for others drivers to see their stalled vehicles until they’re directly behind the truck, leading to serious rear-end accidents.
Although trucks are more difficult to stop than standard passenger vehicles, truck drivers who rear-end other vehicles are generally considered at-fault for the accident for either following too closely or driving while distracted. In addition, trucking companies can also share the blame for overloading trucks, making them more difficult to stop or slow down.
Traffic violation accidents
Truck drivers are required to follow the same rules of the road as all other drivers, including obeying the speed limit, stopping at stop signs and red lights, and maintaining their lanes. However, the consequences for breaking a traffic law when driving a truck can be much more severe for truck drivers than any other driver, as the weight and size of their vehicles can cause minor accidents to become deadly.
Cargo shift accidents
The purpose of trucks on Tennessee’s roadways is to haul cargo. Trucking companies, truck drivers, and even warehouse personnel are all responsible for making sure that cargo is loaded safely, evenly, and securely, and that weight limits are never exceeded for the truck or trailer. Improperly loaded trucks can either lose their cargo while in motion or experience cargo shifts inside their trailers. Both of these problems can lead to serious truck accidents and life-threatening injuries to both the truck driver and other motorists.
Although these are some of the most common truck accident types we see in our practice, this list is by no means exhaustive. No matter what type of truck accident you or your loved one suffered, you can count on us to do everything in our power to get you the money you need for your medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repair costs, and pain and suffering.
When we investigate truck accidents, we leave no stone unturned in our quest to prove the other party’s negligence and liability for your expenses. Get in touch with us today, and see how we fight for our clients.