Collisions involving semi-trucks and smaller vehicles happen all-too-often on Florida’s streets and interstates. The results of these crashes can be catastrophic. Tractor-trailers and other commercial vehicles are much bigger and heavier than even the largest passenger cars and SUVs. This means they hit with a lot more force in collisions ─ and cause much more severe injuries.
If you have been injured in a catastrophic collision, call the knowledgeable truck accident lawyers at Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, P.A., right away. Our team of top-notch trial attorneys has more than 100 years of combined legal experience. We have the skills and the resources to investigate these complex cases. Schedule your free initial consultation today to learn about your legal rights.
Common Types of Truck Accidents in Gainesville
No two truck accidents are the same. They can happen in many different ways and cause many different types of injuries. However, some of the most common types of truck accidents in Gainesville include:
- Jackknife accidents: These crashes happen when a truck tries to stop, but the trailer keeps moving, pivoting on the trailer hitch so that it looks like a pocket knife folding into its handle. These accidents often happen when a truck driver has to stop suddenly or relies too much on engine braking in bad weather. When this happens, the trailer can swing into other vehicles, or other drivers might hit the trailer because they do not have time to avoid it.
- Rollover crashes: If a truck’s cargo is not carefully loaded and balanced, the trailer may tip over when the truck goes around a turn or sharp corner. The trailer itself may hit a vehicle as it is falling, or other cars may hit the trailer or its cargo after the trailer has fallen onto the road. Truck rollover crashes can lead to multi-car pileups in extreme circumstances, potentially injuring the occupants of multiple vehicles.
- Tire blowouts: A tire blowout can cause a truck to drift wildly between lanes of traffic, sometimes even causing the truck to swerve into oncoming cars. As the truck driver attempts to get the vehicle back under control, other drivers are at risk of being hit by the truck or its trailer as it careens back and forth across the road.
- Wide-turn accidents: Large trucks have to maneuver carefully when they are making a turn, especially when they are turning right. To make a right turn, sometimes truck drivers will first steer left to give themselves more space before making the turn. When this happens, drivers and pedestrians can become trapped on the driver’s right side, often leading to an accident.
- Blind spot crashes: Trucks have much bigger blind spots than other types of vehicles because of their additional size and how they are built. The area in a truck’s rear-left quarter, rear-right quarter, and directly behind the truck as it is moving is often referred to as a truck’s “no zone” or “No Man’s Land.” It is very difficult for truck drivers to see other cars in these spots, which can lead to an accident if the driver tries to change lanes or has to stop suddenly without realizing there is another vehicle in the path.
- Rear-end accidents: Because trucks weigh so much more than other vehicles, they need a lot more time and room to stop. Unfortunately, truck drivers do not always account for this and sometimes follow too closely behind other cars in front of them. If the driver in front has to stop suddenly, a truck could easily hit the vehicle from behind.
- Under-ride accidents: One of the most dangerous types of truck accidents is an under-ride collision. This occurs when another vehicle hits and becomes lodged underneath a truck’s trailer. This often happens when the truck has to stop suddenly, and the car hits the truck from behind. Because trailers sit high off the ground, a car that strikes a trailer from behind with enough force can keep going after the initial impact and become stuck underneath the trailer.
- Head-on collisions: A truck driver who is inexperienced, distracted, fatigued, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol may drift from his or her lane into opposing traffic, causing a head-on crash.
- T-bone accidents: T-bone collisions get their name from the “T” shape that forms when one vehicle strikes another at a perpendicular angle. Whether it is a truck colliding with the side of another vehicle or a passenger car hitting a truck on its side, these accidents can result in severe and possibly fatal injuries. A truck T-boning a passenger vehicle is particularly dangerous because cars have less protection on the side than they do in the front and rear.
- Side-impact crashes: A truck driver who does not see another vehicle in a blind spot may cause a side-impact collision when changing lanes or making a turn. In some cases, a truck may end up crushing a car under its trailer if the other vehicle becomes stuck after a side-impact crash.
- Cargo-related crashes: Improperly secured cargo can come loose as a truck travels down the road, throwing the truck off balance. If the cargo falls out of the truck, it can strike other vehicles directly or lead to a collision if other drivers have to swerve to avoid hitting the spilled cargo.
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