Types of Truck Accidents
In 2017, 4,761 people in the U.S. were killed in large truck accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That same year, there were 1,165 large trucks involved in fatal crashes in Virginia alone. Even when truck accidents are not fatal, they often result in serious injuries due to the size and weight of commercial trucks. If you lost a loved one or you were injured in a truck accident, our Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
There are various negligence-related causes of truck accidents, including drowsy or distracted driving, equipment failure, and improper training. Truck accident victims in Virginia may receive compensation for their injuries and other damages arising from several types of truck accidents, including:
Jackknife Truck Accidents
Often caused by equipment failure, adverse weather conditions, or negligent operation, jackknife truck accidents occur when a truck skids, causing the attached trailer to form a 90-degree angle. This type of truck accident typically spans across several lanes of traffic and involves multiple vehicles.
Commercial trucks often carry heavy loads in attached trailers. If this exposed cargo is not loaded and secured properly, there can be catastrophic consequences. Inadequately secured loads may become loose and fall in the road or cause truck drivers to lose control of their vehicle.
Accidents involving multiple vehicles can occur due to various causes, such as jackknife truck accidents, lost loads, rear-end crashes, rollovers, or wrong way accidents. A chain reaction can cause those in passenger vehicles to suffer serious or fatal injuries due to the sheer size of commercial trucks, which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
Commercial trucks require more time to come to a complete stop. If a truck driver fails to brake in time or the driver in front slams on their brakes, a rear-end crash may occur. Another common cause of rear-end crashes is negligent truck maintenance; some contributing factors our Virginia Beach truck accident lawyers have seen include faulty brakes, inadequate lighting, and worn tires.
More than 10,000 people die in rollover accidents each year in the U.S., according to the NHTSA. Trucks are more likely to be involved in a rollover accident due to their higher center of gravity and limited steering capacity. The NHTSA also reports that speeding is the underlying cause of many rollover accidents.
An underride accident occurs when a passenger vehicle slides underneath a commercial truck. Although federal law requires that tractor trailers have rear underride guards, most fatalities occur in truck accidents involving the side, rather than the rear, of the truck, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Wrong Way Accidents
The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) estimates that 300 to 400 people in the U.S. are killed each year in wrong way accidents. This type of truck accident typically causes more severe injuries than other types of crashes because it involves a head-on or sideswipe crash. Wrong way accidents are often the result of fatigue or distracted driving.
Our Virginia Beach Truck Accident Lawyers Represent Victims of All Types of Truck Accidents
If you were involved in a truck accident, a Virginia Beach truck accident lawyer can help. At East Coast Trial Lawyers, we will evaluate your case, explain your legal options, and fight tirelessly to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Please complete our online contact form or call us at 757-352-2237 to schedule a free consultation today. Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we serve clients throughout Chesapeake, Eastern Shores, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, as well as North Carolina and nationwide.