Common Types of Truck Accidents


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Large commercial trucks such as semis or tractor-trailers are common on America’s roads and highways and a vital part of our economy. Their size, however, makes trucking accidents some of the most dangerous on the road. With a fully-loaded commercial vehicle clocking in at upwards of 80,000 pounds, negligence by a truck driver or trucking company can be fatal for other motorists.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 67% of truck accident fatalities are from drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles. Even as passenger car accidents have declined over the past decade, types of trucking accidents have risen over 30%.

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Trucking and insurance companies have vast resources at their disposal to avoid accountability for accidents. Don’t let them push you to accept a lowball settlement. Our team of truck accident lawyers understands the complex nature of all types of trucking accidents and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, semi, or tractor-trailer, contact Farah & Farah today for a free, no-obligation case review. We are available 24/7 at (866) 720-3775 or you can schedule your completely confidential case review online.

Types of Truck Accidents

The sheer size of commercial trucks means that trucking accidents are both complex and extremely dangerous for other drivers and pedestrians. 


Types of truck accidents may include the following:

Rollover Accidents

Rollover accidents are among the most deadly types of truck accidents for both truck drivers and motorists. Sometimes when a truck driver attempts a turn when traveling too fast, the truck’s high center of gravity may cause it to roll over, potentially crushing other vehicles or pedestrians and creating hazardous conditions for other cars.

Underride Accidents

Any time a smaller vehicle slides under a truck, it is considered an underride accident. If a truck’s brake lights are not functioning, it suddenly changes lanes, or is missing underride guards, smaller vehicles may end up under the truck in an accident with devastating consequences.

Override Accidents

An override accident occurs when a truck rides over a smaller vehicle or pedestrian. For example, if a tractor-trailer rear-ends a smaller car and ends up on top of the other vehicle, this is considered an override accident. 

Jackknife Accidents

A semi-truck or tractor-trailer has two parts, the cab and the trailer, joined by the hitch. When a truck brakes suddenly, the cab and trailer may skid out of control, causing the truck to jackknife or fold in on itself. The truck may strike other vehicles or block the road and be struck by other cars.

Head-On Collisions

A head-on collision can occur when a truck veers across a median. Such accidents can be devastating for other motorists, whether due to driver negligence, truck malfunction, or other cause. Head-on accidents can be catastrophic for other motorists.

Lost or Unsecured Loads

If a truck’s cargo is not properly secured, it could spill out onto the road, striking other vehicles and creating extremely hazardous conditions on the road that could lead to numerous, multi-car accidents.  

Tire Blowouts

If a truck tire blows out due to improper maintenance, road conditions, or other factors, it may cause the truck to careen in unpredictable ways. Blowouts can result in a serious accident for other motorists who collide with the truck or strike tire debris. 

Wide Turn Collisions

Due to their size, trucks may have to swing left before making a right-hand turn. This is known as a wide turn. If a driver is negligent and fails to account for other vehicles or pedestrians when executing a wide turn, serious injury or death may occur.

T-Bone Accidents

A t-bone accident occurs when a truck hits the side of another vehicle perpendicularly, often due to running a stop sign or red light when distracted or impaired.

Rear-End Accident

Rear-end accidents occur when a truck cannot stop in time and collides with a vehicle or object in front of it.  It can take a large tractor-trailer the length of two football fields to fully stop when traveling at top speed.

What To Do If You’ve Been Involved in a Truck Accident

It can be tough to know what to do after a trucking accident. These commercial vehicles can cause immense damage, making the aftermath of a trucking accident all the more traumatic. On top of that, trucking and insurance companies have vast resources at their disposal and will stop at nothing to defend their bottom line.


If you’ve been the victim of a trucking accident, you don’t deserve to be pushed around


At Farah & Farah, our team of truck accident attorneys has the experience and expertise to go head to head with these companies on your behalf. We are passionate about setting things right for victims. That’s why we work on a contingency basis, so we don’t get paid until you get paid.


If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, semi, or tractor-trailer, contact Farah & Farah today for a free, no-obligation case review. We are available over the phone at (866) 720-3775, or you can schedule your case review online. 


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