Throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island we have many major hubs of importing, exporting and transporting goods to businesses all over the country which means our area has an increased risk of truck accidents due to distracted driving and other factors. These commercial vehicle accidents usually result in serious catastrophic injury and often death.
Types of Truck Accidents
Commercial vehicle accidents can occur at any speed, in the downtown areas or on the highways surrounding busy cities like New Bedford, Fall River and Providence. The more you are familiar with the various common types of accidents involving eighteen-wheelers, the better prepared you’ll be to use caution to avoid them. Here are some descriptions of the most common ones:
- Rollover accidents: The design of a large truck lends itself to instability in certain conditions.Many factors including improper loading, inclement weather, or navigating a sharp turn or a steep decline or incline may better the chances of a truck rollover. These types of truck accidents can be lessened with proper training and even loading of cargo.
- Jackknife accidents: Jackknifing is a common type of highway truck accident which occurs when a large truck loses traction or brakes sharply, causing the momentum of the trailer portion of the truck to form a 90-degree angle with the rig. Because a jackknifed truck may be impossible for oncoming motorists to avoid, these accidents often involve multiple vehicles.
- Head-on & Rear-end crashes: Head-on and rear-end collisions are often the result of the truck driver’s failure to deploy the brakes in time due to distracted driving, drowsy driving, or other factors. Head-on and rear-end crashes are the most deadly, but also the most preventable.
- Tire blowouts: Large trucks are routinely inspected by regulators but must also be personally inspected by drivers before every trip. By law, drivers of large trucks must ensure that their tires are properly inflated. Under or over-inflated tires are more susceptible to blowouts, which can cause a driver to lose control of a large truck.
- Lost loads: All truck cargo must be properly loaded and securely stored. Large trucks that spill their loads create a hazard for trailing vehicles, particularly for those who are immediately behind.
- Underride accidents: Although most large trucks are equipped with guards to prevent rear-underride accidents, these guards are not always effective. Rear-underride and side-underride big rig accidents occur when a smaller vehicle collides with a large truck and slides or wedges beneath the trailer.
- Blindspot (no-zone) accidents: Most large trucks have four blind spots which can vary depending on the type of truck. Known as no-zones, these blind spots can be troublesome during lane changes or while executing a left or right-hand turn.
Contact An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
If you’ve been injured in a commercial vehicle accident due to the negligence of a truck driver, do not hesitate to contact one of our experienced attorneys to discuss your options and learn what your case is worth.
*The above is not to be considered as legal advice. Every case is different and the laws which apply may differ from state to state.
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