Semi-trucks are a common sight on the road, but many drivers don’t know that they can pose a unique danger. There are three types of crashes that are specific to semi-trucks:
- Jackknife accidents,
- Underride accidents, and
These accidents can cause serious injuries and even death to those involved. In this blog post, we will discuss each type of crash in detail and provide some truck accident statistics.
#1 – JACKKNIFE ACCIDENTS
Jackknife accidents occur when the trailer of a semi-truck swings out from behind the cab. This can happen if the truck is braking too hard or if the trailer hits something in the road. Jackknife accidents are particularly dangerous because they can cause the truck to lose control and rollover.
#2 – UNDERRIDE ACCIDENTS
Underride accidents occur when a smaller vehicle collides with the back of a semi-truck. This can happen if the truck is stopping suddenly or if the smaller vehicle is following too closely. Underride accidents are often fatal for those involved in them.
#3 – ROLLOVER ACCIDENTS
Rollover accidents occur when a semi-truck overturns onto its side or roof. This can happen if the truck hits a slick spot in the road, takes a sharp turn too quickly, or is hit by another vehicle. Rollover accidents are extremely dangerous and can cause serious injuries or death.
NOTABLE TRUCK CRASH STATISTICS
The following are some notable truck accident statistics you may be unaware of:
- In 2017, there were over 500,000 truck accidents in the United States.
- Of those accidents, almost 5,000 were fatal.
- Truck accidents caused over $20 billion in damages in 2017 alone.
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As you can see, semi-trucks can be a danger on the road. If you are involved in a truck accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
Our truck accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact our team today if you have been involved in a crash.