There are more trucks than ever on Norfolk’s roads and highways due to the increased volume of goods and materials being transported throughout the country. Unfortunately, more trucks on the roads increase the risk of a truck crash caused by a negligent trucker. If you or a loved one are involved in a truck accident, you could suffer catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, back and spinal injuries, internal organ damage, or be killed.
Types of Truck Crashes Leading to Catastrophic Injuries or Death
While any truck accident can be serious, certain types of collisions are more likely to lead to victims suffering long-term injuries or death. Here are five common truck crashes:
- Rollover. The majority of rollover truck accidents are due to truck driver negligence, such as speeding and distracted driving. If a trucker loses control of his truck or the load was not properly secured, the truck can rollover right into oncoming traffic.
- T-Bone. When a truck driver speeds to beat a light or fails to yield the right of way at a stop sign, he can cause a side-impact truck crash. The injuries can be permanent or deadly since the victims only have their doors to protect them from the massive truck smashing into them.
- Jackknife. A jackknife accident is one where the trailer swings out—often into multiple lanes of traffic—and forms a 90-degree angle with the cab. Speeding and driving too fast for weather conditions are a few ways truckers cause these deadly wrecks.
- Head-on. Head-on collisions are one of the leading ways that negligent truck drivers cause fatalities. If the victims survive, they can suffer long-term injuries that require expensive medical treatments and limit their ability to work and take care of their daily needs.
- Rear-end. Because of the weight and size of a truck, a rear-end truck collision can lead to very serious injuries. The injuries can be even more catastrophic if the truck drives over an auto due to the lack of underride guards. The car can also be forced under the truck if the trucker brakes suddenly, and the driver rear-ends the truck.
Let Us Fight for Your Legal Rights
If you suffered serious injuries in one of these types of truck accidents, the value of your claim may be larger due to the seriousness of your injuries. The insurance company for the trucker and trucking company could fight harder and longer to deny your claim.
You need an experienced truck accident lawyer on your side if you want to obtain the compensation that you deserve. To learn how we can help, call our office to schedule your free consultation with a member of our skilled legal team.