While the trucking industry has significant benefits for our nation's economy and the transportation of goods, it also poses potential risks for fatal motor vehicle accidents. Each year, Texas has the highest number of fatal truck crashes, more than any state in the U.S. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2017, there were approximately 556 fatal truck crashes in Texas alone.
Truck accidents tend to be more catastrophic and dangerous than accidents involving a passenger car. For instance, large trucks are 20 to 30 times heavier than passenger vehicles. The significant mass of a large commercial vehicle increases the risk of a more severe accident, catastrophic injuries, and fatalities.
To prevent a dangerous truck crash, it's imperative to understand what types of collisions can occur and how to avoid these situations.
One of the most common accidents involving large trucks is jackknife accidents. This occurs when the front of a tractor-trailer folds into itself and separates. The term "jackknife" refers to the 90-degree angle that is made when the large truck swings out and the attached trailer goes in a different direction, resembling a pocket knife. This is especially dangerous when a truck driver loses control and could potentially slide to the side of the vehicle.
How To Prevent Jackknife Accidents
Unfortunately, these crashes are not limited to just large trucks; smaller passenger vehicles can also be susceptible to these dangerous crashes. To prevent a jackknife accident, it's crucial to be aware of carrying heavy loads, be cautious of brake pressure, and maintain a reasonable speed.
A rollover crash occurs when a vehicle flips over on its side. Any car can be involved in a rollover accident; however, large trucks have an increased risk because of the high center of gravity. Each year, rollover accidents account for nearly 30 percent of passenger vehicle occupant fatalities; however, truck rollovers are one of the most dangerous accidents. Rollovers can also occur when large commercial vehicles roll over multiple times, which leads to severe injuries or death.
Prevention of Rollovers
Excessive speed, sharp turns, and human error are the culprits for rollover crashes. To reduce your chances of being involved in a rollover crash, you can avoid overloading your vehicle, avoid speeding, and regularly check your tires.
Contact a San Angelo Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love was involved in a trucking accident, it's essential to hold the correct party accountable for the damages. After an accident, you may feel overwhelmed with the process and emotionally traumatized. Jeff Chandler Law understands what you are going through, and we are here to help every step of the way. Contact us today at (325) 309-5846 to schedule a free case consultation.