Most Common Types of Truck Accidents

Our Virginia Beach truck accident attorneys know the devastation car accidents can have on victims and their families. Due to their massive size, truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries. Although truck drivers are required to have special training and hold a commercial driver’s license, these crashes happen far more often than they should.

Truck driver negligence is one of the main reasons commercial truck accidents happen; however, other factors can also cause a crash. If a victim is injured in a truck crash caused by the truck driver’s negligence, then they are entitled to file for damages for the losses they have suffered because of their injuries. If the truck driver was employed by a trucking company, then the claim or lawsuit will be filed against that company, not the truck driver.

Common Types of Truck Accidents

Jackknifing: Jackknifing occurs when the two separate parts of the truck – the cab and the trailer – fold in upon themselves at the point where the two parts connect. This causes the truck’s trailer to swerve away from the cab, hitting anything in its path.

Rollovers: Because tractor-trailers have a higher sense of gravity than other types of vehicles, they are more susceptible to rollover accidents, particularly when they are turning. This is exasperated when a truck is transporting a heavy load and takes curves too quickly or takes too sharp a turn. When trucks do roll over, any vehicle they land is crushed, and the outcome is often a tragic one.

Turning: Since these vehicles are so large and require more room to turn than other types of vehicles, particularly when making right-hand turns. In some areas, trucks often need two lanes, and this puts other vehicles at high risk, especially when the other lane has oncoming traffic.

No-Zones: Tractor-trailers have multiple blind spots. This is why they have multiple mirrors. It is critical for truck drivers to utilize those mirrors to ensure there are no other vehicles around them. Unfortunately, when a vehicle is in one of the truck’s blind spots, the truck driver may not see it and drive the truck right into the vehicle.

Proving Your Case

In order to file a claim or a lawsuit, the victim’s Virginia truck accident attorney must show that:

  1. The truck driver owed the victim a duty of care
  2. The truck driver breached that duty by engaging in actions or behaviors that did not meet the standard of that duty of care
  3. The truck driver’s breach of duty was the cause of the victim’s injuries
  4. The victim suffered actual harm

 Call Our Personal Injury Law Firm for Legal Help

If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a truck accident, our Virginia Beach truck accident attorneys are available to discuss the circumstances of your case and what legal recourse you may have against those who may be responsible for the accident. Our lawyers have extensive experience – more than three decades – of successfully advocating for our clients and recovering the financial compensation they deserve. This is why our firm has obtained more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients.

Contact Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp to schedule a free case evaluation and find out how we can help.