Types of Trucking Accidents

Here is a list of common trucking accidents on Texas roadways:

Pileup accidents typically involve at least three vehicles, but sometimes more. A common scenario of this kind of accident happens when a speeding truck rear-ends a car stopped in traffic and pushes it into many other stopped cars.

Jackknife accidents occur when a tractor towing a trailer folds or spins so that it resembles the angle of a folding knife. These accidents may occur when a truck driver slams on the brakes while going downhill. The trailer swings out to the side and causes the truck to overturn. As a result of this, the big truck may collide with other vehicles on the highway.

Underride accidents occur when a passenger vehicle slides under the backside of an 18-wheeler. Many reports estimate that underride wrecks are responsible for more than 50% of fatal car and truck wrecks.

Truck and pedestrian accidents occur when a large vehicle runs over a pedestrian. The consequences are almost always catastrophic or deadly. The faster an 18-wheeler is traveling before the point of impact, the more likely the chance of a fatality. Serious injuries of the spine and brain are also common consequences of truck and pedestrian accidents.

Rear end accidents are common when a passenger vehicle is disabled on a highway and the driver of an 18-wheeler fails to pay attention and is unable to stop the truck in time.

Head-on collisions are often caused by fatigue or distraction. When a trucker maneuvers his or her big rig into oncoming traffic and collides head-on with another vehicle, the consequences are often fatal.

There are also a number of types of commercial trucks that share our roadways:

Dump Trucks

This type of truck is used for transporting loose material like sand or gravel for construction. A typical dump truck is a commercial truck used to transport trash to land fills.

18 Wheelers

These are typical big trucks seen everyday on Texas roadways. 18-wheelers are used to carry cargo and actually make up 85 percent of the cargo shipped in the U.S.

Flatbed Trucks

A flatbed truck is the kind of truck you may see with the trailer being a flat open trailer. Flatbed trailers are usually used for ease of loading and often feature goods or equipment tied down. We see many accidents from flatbed trucks where the cause is often improperly loaded flatbeds.

Extra Duty Trucks

These trucks are massive, and used to carry the largest equipment. They are usually extra long and may require special permits to operate.

Tanker Truck

These trucks are among the most dangerous of all commercial trucks. Tanker trucks carry liquids and can be the subject of special regulations because such liquids can often be hazardous.