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4 Common Types of Truck Accidents

It takes a great deal of specialized knowledge and training to maneuver a large commercial truck properly. It is essential to understand how to properly drive and operate a truck before going out on the road. Knowing how to drive a smaller vehicle is not the same and will not give you the knowledge you need to ensure that you avoid these types of accidents.

Unfortunately, when inexperienced truckers hit the road, it is the other drivers who are harmed the most. If you are involved in a truck accident, be sure to consult with a San Diego truck accident attorney to discuss your legal options.

Do you want to avoid a truck accident while on the road? Here is a list of the most common types of truck accidents that occur in San Diego. Read through the list to prepare yourself for ways to avoid ending up in a truck accident.

1. Rollover

A rollover truck accident occurs when a truck rolls onto one of its sides. This can happen when a truck tries to take a turn that is too sharp or when the truck is going at too fast, and the driver loses control. An incline can also result in a rollover. It can also occur if a truck drives over an object that causes it to tilt sideways.

2. Jackknife

Jackknife accidents happen when the truck’s cab is at an angle to the rest of the vehicle. Similar to a rollover, this can occur if the truck has to break too quickly, except instead of rolling over, the back end of the truck swings outward. It does not stop until it has come to a 90-degree angle with the cab.

3. Blind Spot

Trucks tend to have bigger blind spots than other vehicles on the road since they are much larger. Truck drivers must know how to be aware of their surroundings to avoid merging into a lane that actually contains another vehicle. Knowing how to use the extra mirrors provided on trucks can help reduce blind spots, but other drivers can also take care to avoid driving in blind spots as well.

4. Underride

Since a truck rides higher than most other vehicles on the road, there are scenarios in which a car can get lodged underneath the truck. For example, if a truck breaks quickly and another car rear-ends the truck, the car can get stuck under the back end of the truck. This is one of the more dangerous truck accidents that can occur.

5. Unsafe Loading

A truck usually carries a load with it on the road. Before taking off with a truck, it is crucial to make sure that the load is secured correctly. Improper or unsafe loading can cause the truck to break down on the road or to even lose the load while driving. Unbalanced loads also make the truck harder to control.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, you need a San Diego truck accident attorney. Call Edward J. Babbitt APC to set up a free case evaluation to learn what your next steps should be.