Types of Commercial Trucking Accidents

At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, a significant portion of what we do involves representing individuals who have been injured and lost loved ones in collisions involving large commercial trucks. As a result, we regularly conduct investigations and pursue claims involving a wide variety of different types of commercial trucking accidents.

Below, we have summarized some of the common types of truck accidents that frequently entitle victims to recover financial compensation. If you have been injured or lost a family member in one of these accidents, we encourage you to contact a Houston truck accident lawyer at our firm for a free consultation about your legal rights.

Jackknife Accidents

A jackknife accident occurs when a truck’s trailer begins moving faster than the cab, causing it to swing out to either side. This is common in three main scenarios: (i) when a truck skids, (ii) when a truck driver tries to make a sudden stop, and (iii) when a truck driver swerves on the highway.


Pileups can delay traffic for hours, sometimes shutting down entire sections of I-10 and other major highways in the Houston area. In a pileup, it is not unusual for a jackknifed tractor-trailer or another incident involving a commercial truck to be the primary cause.

Rear-End Accidents

Commercial trucks are extremely heavy and hard to stop. As a result, truck drivers must be alert at all times, and they must be adequately-trained to avoid causing rear-end collisions. Truck drivers who are drunk, drowsy or distracted frequently cause rear-end collisions and maintenance issues such as worn brakes and tires can increase the risk of dangerous rear-end accidents as well.

Rollover Accidents

Due to their high center of gravity, tractor trailers and other large commercial trucks are prone to rolling over in the event of an accident. Factors such as maintenance issues, cargo loading issues, and driver error are common catalysts in truck rollover accidents.

Runaway Truck Accidents

There are a number of factors that can cause truck drivers to lose control, and when they do, the result is often a runaway truck. Runaway trucks are extremely dangerous for obvious reasons and they commonly cause catastrophic pileups and rear-end collisions.

Sideswipes (“No Zone” Accidents)

Commercial trucks have what are known as “no zones” – blind spots where truck drivers cannot see other vehicles around them. However, truck drivers must still exercise caution to avoid causing collisions with vehicles in these locations. Truck drivers who are not paying attention frequently sideswipe other vehicles when changing lanes or attempting to turn in traffic.

Underride Accidents

Underrides are some of the most dangerous types of commercial truck accidents. In an underride, a passenger vehicle ends up pinned underneath the truck’s trailer. Underride accidents are common in jackknife accidents and pileups, and tragically often lead to fatalities.

Speak With an Attorney at Morrow & Sheppard LLP

We offer free initial consultations for all commercial truck accident claims, and our contingency fees mean that you only pay if we win your case. To find out if you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or your loved one’s death, call (713) 489-1206 or request a free consultation online today.

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