Types of Truck Accidents Our Attorney Handles
The severity of any car accident will largely depend on the type of crash the truck was involved in. Our car accident lawyer has the necessary experience handling a number of different types of crashes, including:
- Jackknife accidents: Actions such as a truck driver slamming too hard on the brakes can result in the truck folding itself so the trailer sits at a 90-degree angle to the tractor.
- Truck rollovers: Turning too quickly can cause a truck to roll over, crushing nearby vehicles as it does. Truck rollovers are also very common when a trucker loses control of the vehicle.
- Tire blowouts: A truck’s tires have to carry an immense amount of weight. When trucking companies do not perform the proper maintenance and replace tires when necessary, the tire can shred apart, causing a tire blowout accident.
- Rear-end accidents: Fully loaded, a truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. If they slam into a smaller vehicle in front of them, it can result in catastrophic injuries.
- Wide turns: Truck drivers typically need to swing left first before they make a right turn. If they do not see traffic around the truck, this can result in a very serious crash.
- Underride accidents: When a truck stops too quickly, the vehicles behind are at risk of sliding underneath the trailer. These accidents are known as underride accidents, and they are usually fatal.
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Common Truck/Car Accident Injuries in Eugene
The immense size of commercial trucks, and the fact that they are often traveling at high speeds, means accident victims suffer some of the worst injuries in a crash and accrue some expensive medical bills. It is also almost always the occupants of smaller passenger vehicles that suffer. Some of the most common injuries are as follows:
- Back and neck injuries, including ruptured or herniated spinal discs and whiplash
- Spinal cord injuries, which can include total or partial paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries can range from a mild concussion to permanent brain damage
- Burns, typically caused by exploding fuel tanks
- Amputations, which can occur at the accident scene or be surgically required afterward
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Deep lacerations and severe contusions, can lead to permanent injury
- Internal injuries, including perforated organs and internal bleeding
What Causes Truck Accidents in Eugene?
The majority of truck accidents in Eugene are caused by the negligence of the truck driver, or someone within the trucking industry. The most common causes of truck accidents in the city include:
- Poor weather conditions: Eugene experiences many rainy days, and fog is not uncommon. Still, truck drivers are expected to have the necessary experience and skill to navigate these poor weather conditions safely.
- Construction zones: Eugene is continuously expanding, which means construction is ongoing. It is more difficult to navigate construction zones than it is in other areas of the road, but truck drivers have a responsibility to know how to do it safely.
- Lack of training: Trucking companies take shortcuts to preserve their own profits. They may fail to provide the necessary training and put inexperienced drivers behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer. Without the knowledge of how to operate a large truck, the driver could then easily cause a crash.
- Unfamiliar roads: Just because a truck driver gets into an accident in Eugene does not mean they know the area. Truckers often have to drive on unfamiliar roads and so, they may turn down one way in the wrong direction or make another mistake that leads to an accident.
- Distracted driving: Truck drivers face more distractions on the road than other motorists. They have to use GPS devices, use the radio to communicate with other truckers, and they may also use their cell phone or eat or drink behind the wheel. Any type of distraction can cause a crash that has catastrophic results.
- Improperly loaded cargo: A cargo that is not loaded properly can cause a spill, which will certainly lead to an accident. Even when the cargo remains contained in the truck, if it is loaded improperly, it can throw the balance of the vehicle off, causing a crash.
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