Types of Austin Truck Accidents
Austin Truck Accident Attorneys
In 2011, 376 fatal crashes in Texas involved a commercial vehicle. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, these crashes resulted in a total of 417 fatalities. There were also an additional 3,370 crashes involving commercial motor vehicles that caused serious injuries.
Trucks are prone to different types of accidents than cars. Their size, their longer stopping distance, their complex brakes and other systems, and the fact that trucks often consist of a tractor towing multiple trailers, all create dangers that do not exist with passenger vehicles.
The Texas truck accident lawyers of The Bob Richardson Law Firm have the skill and resources to thoroughly investigate the wreck factors inherent in different types of trucks. We also know how to handle litigation that could involve multiple parties, insurance companies and defense lawyers. Above all, we have the dedication to make sure our clients and their families are fully and fairly compensated.
Call The Bob Richardson Law Firm today toll-free at 800-880-5100 or use our online contact form. Our Texas truck accident attorneys serve injury victims throughout Austin, Waco, Round Rock, Georgetown, Killeen, Temple, Cedar Park, Lakeway, Taylor, Belton and surrounding communities.
Types of Trucks Involved in Crashes
Different trucks present different dangers on Texas highways. For example, dump trucks transport loose materials such as sand, gravel and dirt. The dangers of dump trucks, therefore, include not just the normal crash risks but also the danger of debris flying off of the back of the truck. Flatbed trucks, on the other hand, create a risk of cargo shifting during transport, potentially falling on other vehicles on the road or causing the truck to jackknife. And, of course, tanker trucks transporting oil and gas can explode, while tractor-trailers or 18-wheelers are dangerous simply because of their size.
Understanding the different types of trucks and the different risks they present is key in understanding truck accidents in Texas. Trucks are generally classified into light-duty, medium-duty or heavy-duty vehicles. Light-duty trucks include trucks with a weight rating between 6,000 and 14,000 pounds. Medium-duty trucks include trucks with a weight rating between 14,000 and 26,000 pounds. Heavy-duty trucks include trucks with a weight rating between 26,001 pounds and the maximum weight of 80,000 pounds.
Medium and heavy duty trucks include:
- Cab and chassis
- Dump trucks
- Maintenance trucks
- Refrigerator trucks
- Stake trucks
Types of Texas Truck Accidents
Trucks operate very differently from passenger vehicles. For example, trucks normally have air brakes that must be inspected regularly, adjusted and maintained. Trucks also have longer stopping distances, less maneuverability, greater weight and more complexity.
Some of the different types of truck crashes include:
- Jackknife accidents – When the semi-trailer on an 18-wheeler truck goes into a skid, swings out and stops at a right angle, this is referred to as jackknifing. It is extremely dangerous as the trailer can swing into other vehicles or cause the truck to roll over. Jackknifing commonly occurs if the front wheels and trailer are rolling forward when the truck’s drive wheels lock and skid.
- Rollover accidents – Rollover accidents are common on trucks because trucks have a higher center of gravity. Rollover accidents can occur for many reasons, including speeding and improper balance cargo weight.
- Under-ride accidents – Trucks are much higher than passenger vehicles, creating the danger of under-ride accidents. An under-ride accident occurs when a car actually slides or is pushed underneath a truck. Under-ride accidents can cause very serious injuries for the occupants of the car.
- Tire blowout accidents – Because trucks are so much larger and weigh so much more, the consequences of a tire blowout can be more severe.
- Rear-end accidents – Trucks have a long stopping distance and often use air brakes, which are prone to problems if not maintained carefully. Unfortunately, this means that there is a greater risk of a truck’s not being able to stop in time and crashing into cars in front of it.
Truck accidents can involve many factors, such as speeding, failure to yield, drowsy or impaired driving and reckless driving. In many cases, truck crashes occur because of some failure on the part of the truck driver. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that driver-related factors contributed to a full 31 percent of fatal truck accidents.
Contact Our Texas Truck Accident Lawyers Today
Texas has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death cases. Depending on the parties involved in your truck accident, the deadline for taking action may arrive even sooner. That’s why it’s important to contact a skilled and experienced Texas truck accident attorney immediately after you’ve been involved in a wreck.
Call The Bob Richardson Law Firm today toll free at 800-880-5100 or use our online contact form. We can provide you with a free case evaluation.