Types of Truck Accidents

Every Trucking Collision Is Not the Same

At Rittgers & Rittgers, our lawyers bring more than 30 years of experience to truck accident cases. That experience has taught us that every case comes with its own unique nuances, and those nuances may ultimately define the legal strategy we create. One of the first differentiating factors we look at when reviewing a case is the type of truck accident.

Rear-End Truck Accidents

Semi-trucks are extremely heavy. They require substantially more braking time than smaller motor vehicles. Truck drivers are trained to allow plenty of room to stop. When they fail to do so, it could lead to a rear-end accident. However, there are other factors that could lead to these types of truck accidents as well. If a truck's brakes have not been properly maintained or the tractor-trailer was overloaded, a rear-end collision could also result. We look at all these possibilities when reviewing a rear-end truck accident and hold all responsible parties accountable.

Truck Jackknife Accidents

When a semi-truck pulling a trailer skids and the trailer pushes it from behind, forcing it to turn around and face the opposite direction, it is referred to as a jackknife accident. These trucking accidents can be the result of unsafe driving in inclement weather. They can also be caused by improper braking or maintenance and equipment issues. We review these cases to determine what negligence played a role in causing the truck to jackknife.

Truck Underride Accidents

Truck underride guards can be found beneath the rear and sides of tractor-trailers. They are designed to prevent smaller motor vehicles from going underneath the tractor-trailer, which could result in decapitation or serious injuries to drivers and passengers. Unfortunately, if these guards are poorly maintained or defective, they will not do their job. For example, the law requires commercial trucks to line the back and side of the trailer with reflectors to give drivers advance warning of stopped or slow-moving trucks. We review these cases to determine if negligence took place and the truck accident could have been prevented.

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