Jackknife- If a driver hits the brakes suddenly, the trailer can swing outward, or jackknife. From here, the truck is susceptible to rolling over.
Truck Rollovers- This can occur when the driver of the truck loses control of the vehicle and it rolls on its side. This can occur in the case of an overloaded vehicle, wherein steering becomes more difficult. It may also occur if the driver tries to take a turn too quickly, or if he or she overcorrects a maneuver.
Tire Blowout- A tire blowout can occur when tires are worn or when too much weight is placed on them. Since truck tires are significantly larger than car tires, the damage can be more severe. An exploded tire may break into pieces and strike other vehicles on the road or cause other vehicles to run into them.
Wide Turn- Trucks need a large amount of space to complete turns due to their large size. A wide turn occurs when a truck driver swings left to make a right turn. When this happens, the truck can hit cars to its right, trapping them between the truck and the curb.
Blind Spots- A blind spot is an area in which the driver’s view of other traffic is obstructed. If the driver cannot see other vehicles, it is possible to collide with them while changing lanes, for instance.
Rear-end- Trucks need more to stop than other vehicles due to their weight. If a driver underestimates the distance he or she needs to come to a complete stop, a rear-end collision can occur, sometimes causing severe damage and/or injury.
Under Ride- This is one of the deadliest kinds of truck accidents and occurs when a car gets lodged underneath a truck. This often occurs when a car rear-ends a truck but can also happen during inclement weather or due to distracted or impaired driving.
Lost Load- Securing cargo safely on a truck is of great importance, as improperly loaded cargo can fall off the back and strike other vehicles. Other vehicles on the road maybe swerve to avoid the debris and strike other cars, creating additional accidents.
Head-On- This can occur when a truck crosses the center line and collides with another vehicle headfirst. This is one of the more devastating and dangerous kinds of accidents, often due to a distracted or impaired driver.
T-bone- When a truck driver does not change lanes properly, the truck can hit another vehicle’s side.
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