What are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

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Unfortunately, truck accidents are a fairly common occurrence. In fact, truck accidents have been on the rise over the years. In order to stay safe on the roads, it is important to be aware of some of the most common causes of truck accidents and how they happen. Read on to learn more about truck accidents and what to do in the event of an injury.

Common Types of Truck Accidents and Their Causes

The most common types of truck accidents include:

Jackknife Accidents: Occurs when a truck driver brakes quickly, causing the truck’s trailer to swing outward.

Brake Failure Accidents: Can be a result of a poorly maintained vehicle

Head-on-Collision: May occur if a driver falls asleep at the wheel or is distracted and swerves into the wrong lane

Rear-End Accidents: May be a result of following another vehicle too closely

T-Bone Accidents: This occurs when a truck hits the side of your car, rather than the front or back. This is commonly caused by failure to yield, reckless driving, driving while intoxicated, or running red lights.

Underride Accidents: This type of accident occurs when a truck driver slams on the brakes abruptly, causing a smaller vehicle to go underneath the truck.

Rollovers: May occur if a driver loses control of the truck. This happens most often if a driver is speeding and navigating curved roads.

Lost Loads: Sometimes, cargo is not properly secured, causing it to fall off and become hazardous to other drivers on the road.

Tire Blowouts: If a tire blows out, the drive will likely lose control of the truck, leading to accidents.

Wide-Turn Accidents: Because trucks are so large, they have to be especially careful when navigating turns. If a driver miscalculates, damage can occur.

What if I am Injured in a Truck Accident?

If you become injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. You will need to reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney who will fight for you to recover the compensation you deserve. If you are involved in an accident, it is important to collect proof. This includes calling 911, taking photos and videos of the accident, and gathering the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident.

If you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident, reach out to our firm as soon as possible to discuss your case.


Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.