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Most common types of truck crashes

Truck crashes tend to be more devastating than normal car accidents, but there are certain types of truck accidents that are more common than others.

A large percentage of truck accidents in Texas cause catastrophic injuries and victims may be entitled to compensation. The severity of the victims’ injuries and the likelihood of death due to negligence depends on the type of truck accident.

Traffic accidents with trucks involved in Texas

According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2019, 652 people died in connection with accidents involving 18-wheel trucks and trucks in Texas that year.

In addition, Texas also had:

  • The largest number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes: 658.
  • The largest number of total vehicles involved in fatal crashes: 5,208.
  • The largest number of large truck occupants who died in accidents: 146.
  • The largest number of non-truck occupants who died in truck-related crashes: 433.
  • The largest number of non-occupants (cyclists, pedestrians) killed in truck-related crashes: 73.

The Texas Department of Transportation said there were a total of 6,416 commercial vehicle accidents in Harris County in 2019. This was by far the highest total number of collisions in any county in Texas that year, with Dallas County in second place with 4,145 accidents.

What are the most common truck crashes

These are the truck crashes that occur most commonly in Texas.

Knife accident (Jacknife)

These accidents occur when a truck folds over itself so that the cockpit forms a 90-degree angle with the trailer. These incidents are usually caused by the truck driver who brakes too hard and too fast, which causes the weight of the trailer to push it forward against the traction of the truck’s cockpit.

Pneumat burst

Commercial truck tyres are under incredible tension and a burst can cause the driver to lose control of the truck. This can pose a significant danger to nearby vehicles. In addition, the rout tyre itself can cause serious road accidents.

Wide spin accident (wide turn)

Large commercial truck drivers often turn the vehicle to the left before turning right to complete the turn right so they can complete the turn correctly. When a driver turns the truck to the left, this may pose a risk to those in the driver’s blind spots or for those approaching the truck from the back. Drivers can also catch vehicles or pedestrians on their right side while turning.

Truck dump accident

If a driver loses control of his commercial truck, the vehicle could overturn on one side and crash into unsuspecting drivers or pedestrians.

Blind point accident

Commercial trucks have blind spots on all four sides of their vehicles. When a driver can’t see other vehicles while he’s changing lanes, he puts those around him in danger of being run over, forced off the road or crushed.

Back accident

Due to the weight of commercial trucks, these vehicles often cannot slow down fast enough to avoid vehicles in front. These accidents can cause catastrophic injuries and significant damage to the property.

Cargo accident

It is essential that commercial truck drivers and transport companies properly secure and load the products into their vehicles. If they don’t, the weight of the vehicle could move and cause an accident on the road. In addition, the uninsured cargo could fall and hit other people on the road.

Accident T-bone

T-shaped collisions can occur every time a truck driver passes a red light and hits the side of another vehicle. The weight of a commercial truck can cause catastrophic damage in case they destroy another vehicle.

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