Types of Truck Accidents
New Jersey Truck Accident Attorney Explains the Most Common Semi Collisions
Not all truck accidents are the same, though they all can potentially result in serious personal injuries and wrongful death. For example, a rollover accident may involve only the truck driver, while rear end collisions can affect many cars. Different types of truck accidents also often have different causes, which may affect your insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit.
Since 1928, the Spevack Law Firm has been helping victims of truck accidents in and around Woodbridge Township. While you recover from your injuries, a New Jersey truck accident attorney from our firm can start investigating the accident. Then, once we determine who is at fault, we can help you file an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit. In one case, we were able to secure a $4.1 million settlement for a client injured in a truck accident.
What Are the Most Common Types of Truck Accidents in New Jersey?
It is true that many factors can cause crashes involving semis. However, truck driver error is a leading cause of semi truck crashes, along with trucking company negligence. Often, drivers feel pressured by harsh deadlines and penalties. Due to this stress, they may speed or take other dangerous risks on the road. Truck defects or mistakes made by mechanics can also cause or contribute to a truck accident. Some of the most common examples of truck accidents include:
- Jackknife Accidents. When the trailer skids or shifts in a different direction than the cab towing it, the driver can quickly lose control of the truck. A jackknife truck accident happens when the trailer turns at such an extreme angle that it hits the cab.
- Rear End Collisions. If the trucker does not leave enough room between the front of the semi and the car ahead, he or she may not be able to stop fast enough in an emergency situation to avoid a rear end collision. Poorly maintained brakes on semis can also cause brake failure, which could result in this kind of crash.
- Head On Collisions. These kinds of truck crashes are particularly common along state routes or other highways that allow vehicles to pass one another in the oncoming traffic lane. If a truck driver is reckless or taking unnecessary risks while passing on the left, he or she may not be able to pull back into the correct lane before causing a head on collision.
- T-Bone Accidents. This type of crash commonly occurs when truck drivers run through stop signs or lights. When this happens, a truck may hit the side of a car crossing the opposite way. Unrealistic deadlines and fatigue can cause driver error in these types of crashes.
- Truck Rollovers. Rollover accidents occur when a driver loses control of the truck, causing it to lose balance and tip over. High speeds, tire failure, poor road conditions and improperly loaded or unbalanced trailers can all contribute to truck rollovers.
- Underride Accidents. One of the deadliest types of truck crashes, underride accidents happen when a smaller vehicle collides with the back or side of a semi truck. Since trailers are typically raised higher off the ground by a semi truck’s larger wheels, the front of the smaller vehicle will pass beneath the trailer. When this happens, the windshield of the car, and the driver behind it, can strike the bottom of the trailer.
- Blind Spot Accidents. All vehicles have blind spots, but truck blind spots are much larger than usual. If a car is traveling in a truck’s blind spot, the trucker may try to change lanes or back up without seeing the other vehicle, resulting in a crash.
- Wide Turn Accidents. These accidents, also known as squeeze play collisions, occur when a car is caught between the curb and a truck turning right. These accidents often result when another driver tries to squeeze past a truck that has swung wide during a turn.
- Lost Cargo. Sometimes, a trailer can detach from the cab or cargo can spill onto the road while the truck is moving. Defective equipment often causes these kinds of accidents. Negligence by the party responsible for securing the trailer and its load can also contribute to lost cargo.
What Happens After a Trucking Accident?
All of these truck accidents can cause serious personal injuries, such as spine or brain injuries. In addition, the drivers, passengers, motorcyclists and pedestrians in the wrong place at the wrong time may suffer extensive property damage. Trucking companies have insurance policies that should cover these damages. However, when semi crashes happen, the trucking company and their legal team will immediately begin compiling a case against you – the victim. They want to pay as little as possible by avoiding much of the responsibility for the accident.
Therefore, if you are hurt in a semi crash, you should avoid speaking to an insurance adjuster until you have had time to consult a New Jersey truck accident attorney. Unlike the insurance company, a lawyer will have your best interests in mind. Sometimes, the company may try to bully you into a low settlement. Other times, an insurance agent will call you while you are in the hospital, before you know the extent of your injuries. Even if this happened or you already spoke to the insurance company, a lawyer can help. It is never too late to seek legal advice, especially when your future or the future of a loved one is involved.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Union County Truck Accident Lawyer
If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a trucking accident, our personal injury attorneys can help. No matter what type of truck accident caused your injuries and damages, we can investigate and discover who is responsible. Then, a truck accident lawyer from the Spevack Law Firm can help you get the compensation you deserve from the insurance company.
We have three office locations in Iselin, New Brunswick and Teaneck. This allow us to help clients involved in truck accidents and the families of truck accident victims from across Union County and Woodbridge Township. Call one of our offices or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer today.