Types of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are among the most dangerous accidents on our roads. The sheer size and weight differential between the cars we drive and massive big rigs leaves us at an immense disadvantage in any truck accidents that ensue. If a trucker’s negligence leaves you injured in a truck accident, it’s in your best interest to retain the experienced legal counsel of a dedicated Georgia personal injury attorney. Contact the legal team of Banks, Stubbs & McFarland today.

Truck Accidents Come in Many Forms

There is no generic, one-size-fits-all truck accident out there. In fact, every truck accident is utterly unique with its own circumstances. There are, however, several types of truck accidents that are more common to tractor-trailers, and these include:

Rear-End Accidents

Rear-end accidents are some of the most prevalent accidents on our roads, and when the rear vehicle is a truck, the results tend to be devastating. The impact of a massive truck barreling into the back of your car is often immense and can be deadly. 18-wheelers require far greater stopping distances than do the cars we drive, and truck drivers are responsible for maintaining safe distances between themselves and any forward vehicles. When they fail to stop in time, the truck can drive over the back of a smaller vehicle, which is called an “override.” This can often crush the smaller vehicle involved.

When the forward vehicle in a rear-end accident is the semi (which can be caused by a truck driver’s erratic driving), the resulting accident might involve what is known as an “underride.” Although semis are required to have rear safety bars (known as Mansfield bars), when the speed involved is great enough, the rear car can plow beneath the safety bar. A side-underride accident refers to the same type of dangerous accident, but the car moves under the truck from the side (many trucks don’t have side underride protection bars, although there is an increasing push for such regulation).


Trucks are massive vehicles with high profiles and vast, empty trailers (or extremely heavy, loaded trailers) at the back, which make them top-heavy and far more vulnerable to rollover accidents. When trucks’ trailers are not loaded according to weight-distribution guidelines, semis become even more prone to dangerous rollovers. It isn’t difficult to imagine the devastating danger associated with a semi rolling over on the road.

Rollovers might occur by taking turns too fast, hitting a curb or road hazard, or a sudden tire blowout, which is common among semi-trucks.

Jackknife Accidents

Jackknife accidents refer to accidents in which a semi’s trailer folds in upon its cab, similar to the action of a jackknife closing. The coupling device that connects the trailer to the cab allows movement between the two, which facilitates maneuverability. If a truck makes too sudden or jerky of a movement, however, that coupling device can also allow the truck to jackknife, which can cause the trailer to collide with surrounding vehicles. Jackknifes might be caused by improper cargo loading in some situations.

It’s Time to Consult with an Experienced Georgia Truck Accident Attorney

If a truck driver’s negligence leaves you or someone you love injured in a truck accident, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland will leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of your case’s best possible resolution. Our experienced legal team proudly serves both Forsyth County and Cumming, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 770-887-1209 for more information today.