When a person is involved in an accident with a large truck, the consequences can be tragic for the victim and his or her family. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 8.2% of all traffic fatalities in 2013 involved large trucks. That totals to nearly 300,000 large truck accidents. If you have been involved in a crash caused by the negligence of a truck driver, trucking company, or truck manufacturer, you may be entitled to compensation.
T-bone accidents typically happen when one driver goes straight and another driver runs through a red light or stop sign. The other vehicle and the truck collide, forming a t-shape.
Rollover accidents occur when a car or truck rolls over. It is most commonly caused by taking a corner or curve too quickly. Rollovers have the highest fatality type of any accident.
If truck driver does not secure their load, they can lose their load. It can cause drivers behind them to be injured by the lost load, or it can contribute to other accidents.
A trucker has blindspots. When they are making a wide turn, they may not see your car, causing a wide turn, also sometimes called a blind turn, accident.
A jackknife accident happens when the big rig’s cab turns at a different angle at 90 degrees than the box of the big rig, often hitting the box or causing the box to tilt or tip.
If a driver is driving above the posted speed limits or too fast for driving conditions, they are speeding.
Unsecured loads occur when a driver does not properly secure their load, causing it to fall off or out of the truck.
Drowsy driving happens when a driver is sleepy or tired. They may fall asleep at the wheel.
Aggressive driving happens if the driver tries to change lanes or speed ahead aggressively. Truck drivers should always drive defensively.
Drunk or drugged driving occurs if a driver is under the effects of alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription drugs. These drugs can impact their ability to function and respond quickly.
Wide turns happen when a truck driver tries to make a tight turn. They often have to take the turn wide to enter.
All truck drivers have blind spots. These are spots of the truck that a driver cannot see. If your car is in its blind spot, it cannot see you.
If you were involved in an accident involving a large or commercial truck and sustained injuries, contact Alta Legal today. We can help you get compensation for your injuries and damages. Let us do the work for you so you can focus on your recovery.