Whether the truck accident is caused by driver error, mechanical failure, or a mix of factors, the resulting truck accidents tend to share common characteristics. These six frequent types of truck accidents that we see on the roads in South Florida.
A cab and trailer bed of a semi-truck are attached by a device called a “coupling.” When the coupling fails or when the trailer gets thrown off balance, the trailer can swing out perpendicular to the bed, much like a folding jackknife. Obviously, with so much mass waiving around behind the cab, it is nearly impossible to control the truck. A jackknifing trailer bed can crash into cars in adjacent lanes and cause widespread damage and injuries.
A 40-ton semi-truck moving at 60–70 mph has a lot of momentum. Mechanical failure or driver inexperience may cause a loss of the ability to slow down or stop. In these instances, the truck’s momentum will carry it down the road demolishing anything in its path. Runaway trucks are more common in mountainous terrain, but they can also happen on even ground, especially if there are weather hazards such as heavy rains, sand, or rocks.
Semi-trucks have high centers of gravity, which makes them prone to tipping over if drivers take turns or curves at too high a speed. High winds, over corrections, and evasive maneuvers can also lead to rollovers. When a large semi-truck rolls over, any car near it will be smashed, and it is likely to cause blockades in the road that could lead to multi-car crashes.
A rear-end collision with two cars may only be a minor fender-bender, but this is not the case with large commercial trucks. When a semi-truck rear-ends a smaller car, the truck may actually drive onto the back of the car. In the worst cases, the truck will crush the rear seats, which is usually deadly for any passengers.
An underride is the reverse of an underride and is when a car crashes into the back of a truck. In such cases, the front ends of smaller vehicles can become wedged underneath the truck’s rear wheels, often killing drivers and front-seat passengers.
Commercial vehicles don’t even need to crash into other cars to cause damage. Often tractor trailers and semi-trucks carry cargo that is as large as the other cars on the road (or the cargo might be actual cars!). If cargo is improperly secured or overloaded, it can fall off of the trailer during transit and cause massive devastation on the road.
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If you’ve been injured in a truck accident in South Florida, you need to seek out an experienced Florida truck accident and injury lawyer who will guide you through the claims process.
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