Truck Accident

Types of Truck Accidents & How to Avoid Them: Stay Safe on the Road

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Truck accidents are devastating and often result in severe consequences due to the significant size disparity between trucks and smaller passenger vehicles. In Kansas alone, statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) show that there are approximately 1,875 truck accidents each year, leading to nearly 80 fatalities and 550 injuries ranging from minor to severe. Understanding the various types of truck accidents can help you stay vigilant and protect yourself on the road. Here’s an overview:

  • Jackknife Truck Crash: In a jackknife crash, the truck and trailer form a “V” shape as the trailer swings forward, exceeding the cab’s path. Poor weather conditions, such as snow, sleet, or slippery roads, can contribute to these accidents. To avoid the risk, it’s advisable to stay home during inclement weather.
  • Rollovers: Trucks can overturn when drivers take turns too quickly, make erratic lane changes, or speed on exit ramps. To prevent being involved in a rollover accident, exercise caution and keep a safe distance from trucks that exhibit unsafe driving behaviors.
  • Truck Tire Blowouts: The significant weight placed on a truck’s tires makes them susceptible to blowouts. Factors such as worn-out tires, under or over-inflation, tire defects, and inadequate inspection and maintenance can contribute to tire failures. If you notice any signs of tire problems while driving, such as shimmying or uneven movement, it’s best to maintain a safe distance from the truck to avoid a potential tire blowout collision.
  • Underride Truck Accidents: Underride accidents occur when a smaller vehicle collides with the underside of a truck’s trailer bed, resulting in devastating consequences. These accidents can cause decapitation, amputation, catastrophic head injuries, and upper-body trauma. While most trucks are equipped with underride guards to prevent such accidents, it is crucial to maintain a safe distance and reduce speed when you notice a truck’s brake lights.

While understanding the types of truck accidents is valuable, it is important to remember that not all crashes can be prevented. If you have been injured due to truck operator negligence, you have legal rights and may be entitled to compensation for your losses. To explore your legal options, it is recommended to consult with a Kansas truck accident attorney. At Pottroff & Karlin, LLC, we offer a no-cost case evaluation, allowing you to discuss your situation with a Manhattan, KS truck accident lawyer. To learn more about your rights and schedule a consultation, please contact us at 785-539-4656 or visit our website.

Stay informed, stay cautious, and prioritize your safety on the road.