Various Types of Accidents that are Specific to Commercial Vehicles
The large size of commercial vehicles and their design makes them particularly dangerous to other drivers on the road. The following are different types of accidents that can only transpire as a result of a commercial vehicle.
Turning Accident – Since big rigs are considerably bigger than regular passenger cars, when they make a turn, they can often be forced to use two roadway lanes to complete the turn. This can be very dangerous if the commercial vehicle operator did not see nearby cars, ultimately striking them when entering into the second lane.
Additionally, making a sharp turn can make a truck rollover. A rollover can be deadly for any person caught under an overturned commercial vehicle.
Jackknifing Accident – A jackknife accident is a term used to describe a dangerous situation in which a big rig and its trailer begin to skid and the trailer begins to shift, forming a 90-degree angle with each other. These accidents generally occur as a result of wrong breaking. They can also occur as a result of slick roads or when the truck driver attempts to make a turn too quickly. In a worst-case scenario, a big rig is likely to roll over during the incident.
Runaway Trailer Accident – Although rare, a truck and its trailer can become detached when on the road. When this happens, the trailer will continue to travel down the road without a driver and this can endanger any person in the surrounding area. These types of accidents can occur as a result of slippery road conditions, improperly attached trailers, hitch failure, or even reckless driving.
Underride Accident – Every year, hundreds of people die as a result of an underride accident. Underride accidents occur when a regular passenger automobile goes under the trailer portion of a big rig during an accident. In nearly every situation, the roof of the passenger vehicle will be completely pushed back. Presently, there are rules and regulations in the trucking industry that require big rigs to have guards under their trailers in effort of preventing these types of accidents. In spite of this, tests indicate that guards normally used are not fortified enough and will often collapse upon impact. Furthermore, guards are also not helpful for when a passenger vehicle collides with the side of the big rig.