5 Most Common Types of Truck Collisions
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Mon Jun 2023
New Jersey hit the highest number of traffic-related deaths and injuries in the state in 15 years in 2022. Traffic deaths in the state have been on the rise since 2020, which saw more than 600 deaths. In fact, an 18.6 percent change in fatal accidents was reported from 2020 to 2021 alone. Truck accidents are included in this statistic. The major difference between a passenger vehicle crash and a truck collision is that the resulting injuries in truck accidents are much more severe.
Types of Truck Accidents
Each motor vehicle collision is fact-specific and different factors are involved in causing the crash. However, below are 5 of the most common types of truck accidents:
- Truck rollovers. This is one of the most catastrophic types of truck crashes. Large trucks have a higher center of gravity than passenger vehicles. If a trucker takes turns too sharply or drives fast for conditions, the trailer can flip and roll the entire truck over onto one side.
- Rear-end collisions. The enormous size and weight difference between a large truck and a passenger car can easily crash the car upon impact. Trucks are heavier and slower to maneuver, so truck drivers should allow more time and distance to slow down. Failure to do so can easily cause a rear-end collision with the vehicle in front of them.
- Head-on collisions. When a trucker is reckless, negligent, or simply loses control of their truck, they can drift out of their lane and straight into flow of oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision.
- Jackknife accidents. These types of accidents happen when large trucks with articulated joints between the tractor and its attached trailer make improper turns or braking maneuvers, causing the trailer to swing wide around its pivot point to create a shape like a folding jackknife.
- T-bone accidents. T-bone truck crashes typically happen at intersections when a large truck runs a red light, ignores a stop sign, or otherwise violates the proper right-of-way and collides into the side of another car.
Regardless of what type of truck crash you were involved in, you need to immediately consult with an experienced New Jersey truck accident attorney to protect your legal rights and ensure you get the full compensation you deserve for the injuries you have suffered.
Call a New Jersey Truck Accident Attorney
If you or someone you know has suffered any type of injury in a truck accident caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another party, an experienced New Jersey truck accident injury attorney can help. Call Beninato & Matrafajlo Attorneys at Law, LLC at 908-248-4404 to schedule a free, complimentary consultation with our legal team today.