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The 5 Most Common Types of Semi-Truck Accidents and How to Avoid Them

For over six decades, Shamberg, Johnson & Bergman has been a beacon of hope for the injured, providing legal counsel and representation. Today, we aim to share some knowledge that can help keep you safe on the road.

Semi-truck accidents are unfortunately all too common, and understanding them can be the first step towards prevention. Here, we shed light on the five most prevalent types of semi-truck accidents.

  1. Jackknife Accidents: This type of accident occurs when the trailer of the truck swings out into a 90-degree angle, resembling a folding pocket knife. These accidents often occur due to sudden braking or slippery conditions.

  2. Wide-Turn Collisions: Trucks require more space to make turns, especially right turns. If a truck swings left before making a right turn, it can collide with other vehicles, pedestrians, or structures.

  3. Rollover Crashes: High speeds, abrupt maneuvers, or uneven cargo loads can cause a truck to tip over. Rollovers can be particularly dangerous, potentially involving multiple vehicles.

  4. Head-On Accidents: These occur when a truck collides directly with the front of another vehicle. Often resulting from loss of control or distracted driving, these accidents are usually severe.

  5. T-Bone Collisions: These happen when a truck hits the side of another vehicle, forming a 'T' shape. They often occur at intersections due to failure to yield the right of way.

Avoiding these accidents involves vigilance, respect for trucks’ space on the road, and defensive driving. Here are some tips:

  • Maintain a safe distance: Trucks have larger blind spots and require more time to stop. Keeping a safe distance can prevent collisions.
  • Be visible: Stay out of a truck's blind spots, commonly known as 'No-Zones.' These are located directly behind the truck, directly in front of the truck, and along each side, particularly the right side.
  • Use signals: Always signal your intentions in advance so the truck driver can react appropriately.
  • Be patient: Understand that trucks move differently than cars. They take longer to accelerate, turn, and stop.

Remember, safety is a shared responsibility on the road. Drive smart, stay vigilant, and we can all contribute to safer highways.

Stay tuned to our blog for more safety tips and legal advice. If you or a loved one has been involved in a semi-truck accident, don't hesitate to contact us for expert legal counsel.