Truck drivers experience unique types of vehicle accidents, when compared with the general motorist population. Trucking accidents are rarely minor incidents. They destroy property and lives. Those who survive often incur major injuries, such as spine injuries, broken bones, head trauma, or damage to internal organs.
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Proper braking is essential for safely handling a tractor-trailer. Traffic safety training is a requirement for all drivers employed by trucking companies. Driver impairment can be prevented or reduced with adequate rest and proper use of prescription drugs. Nevertheless, accidents will happen. Here are five of the most common trucking accidents on the road today.
Tire Blowout Accidents
Numerous things cause flat tires and blowouts, from improper tire pressure and maintenance to driving over a sharp object that punctures a tire. All vehicles can have a tire blowout on the road, but the potential consequences are far worse for semi trucks than for cars.
A blown-out tire makes a vehicle extremely difficult to control. Truck drivers have the added problem of handling a heavy vehicle with a full cargo load, weighing tens of thousands of pounds. Tire blowout accidents can be disastrous for truck drivers and anyone else on the road.
Jackknife accidents are one of the most common types of trucking accidents. Jackknifing refers to the folding of an articulated vehicle, such as a pickup truck pulling a trailer or a tractor-trailer rig. The folding movement resembles the sharp angle of a pocket knife.
A truck lands in a jackknife position when the tractor brakes lock and the trailer skids, resulting in a fold angle of at least 90 degrees. Truck drivers have no control when their trucks jackknife, and jackknife accidents often result in rollovers. Jackknifing is a dangerous movement, not only for truck drivers but for anyone in the truck’s path.
Rollover accidents are another common type of big rig accidents. While jackknifing can result in rollovers, not all rollover accidents are caused by jackknife movements. Numerous situations can cause rollover accidents.
Speeding through a curve is the most common cause of rollovers. But big trucks can roll over even at low speeds — sometimes as low as 5 or 10 mph — especially when traversing a steep hill. Hitting a curb, tripping on a road hazard, or colliding with another vehicle can result in a rollover. Once a truck begins to roll, the driver has no more control.
Blind Spot Accidents
Blind spots are one of the many causes of trucking accidents. Blind spots are obscured or reduced fields of view. Semi trucks have vast blind spots, sometimes referred to as “no zone” areas.
Blind spots are not limited to big rigs. Every driver has blind spots on the sides of their vehicles; rear quarter blind spots are the most common type. But tractor-trailer drivers have additional “no zone” areas in the front and back of their trucks. Generally, if a car driver cannot see a truck driver in the rig’s mirror, the trucker probably cannot see the car.
Underriding occurs when a semi truck stops suddenly, and a car traveling behind the truck continues moving underneath the trailer. The car’s cab generally crashes into the rear of the tractor-trailer, and the trucks tires run over the car.
If the car is moving fast enough, an underride accident can completely destroy the cab and seriously injury its passengers. In fact, fatal head injuries give underride accidents the highest mortality rate of all trucking accidents.
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