Semitruck accidents are among the most dangerous crashes in the United States. If you’re driving a small passenger car that weighs 4,000 pounds and you get hit by a semi that weighs 80,000 pounds, it’s clear that you’re the one in the greatest danger.
You cannot always avoid these accidents, but it may still help to know how they happen. The more you know, the easier it is to drive defensively when you’re around these large vehicles. Some of the most common reasons for semitruck wrecks include:
The truck driver does not brake in time
It can take a semi more than 500 feet to come to a stop. Many rear-end accidents happen because the driver doesn’t apply the brakes in time and simply cannot stop before hitting traffic ahead of them. One major area of risk is in a construction zone, where stops could be unexpected.
The truck jackknifes
When a truck jackknifes, the trailer and the cab are no longer in sync, and they fold together. A semi in this condition can block a whole two-lane road and will be entirely out of control, even as the driver attempts to stop.
The truck overturns
Trucks don’t often overturn, but it’s vitally dangerous to drivers around them when they do. Sometimes, this happens because the truck enters a corner at too high of a speed. In other cases, it happens when the load shifts and causes the truck to become unbalanced.
Have you been injured in a wreck?
If you have been hit by a commercial vehicle and suffered serious injuries, in an accident like those described above or another type of crash, you need to know if you have a right to substantial compensation for your injuries.