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Car Accidents vs. Truck Accidents Part 1: Common Accident Types and Injuries

Involvement in a motor vehicle collision can completely disrupt a victim’s life. Accidents can be detrimental regardless of the circumstances, but the impact of an accident can vary depending on whether or not a semi-truck was involved. There are significant differences between accidents involving two (or more) standard cars, and accidents involving a car and a tractor trailer. Some ways these collisions majorly differ is in the types of accidents that are frequent, and the injuries that often result.

Car Accidents

Whether a car accident is caused by intoxication, a mechanical issue, or simple oversight, collisions can almost always be attributed to driver negligence. When a driver isn’t paying attention or their driving ability is impaired, it can cause them to run into other vehicles from any angle. A car accident can occur as a rear-end collision, head-on collision, side-swiping incident, or T-bone accident. Depending on the severity of the accident, drivers and passengers may suffer from bone fractures, bruising, whiplash, or more severe injuries like harm to the brain, neck, and back.

Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are frequently more destructive than car accidents because of the size of semi-trucks and the complexity of their operation. It is common for truck accidents to result in severe injury for the other driver.

The types of collisions that most commonly occur when an 18-wheeler is involved include:

  • Jackknifing (when a trailer drifts over and essentially “folds” the truck)
  • Under-ride accidents (when a truck stops abruptly and another vehicle slides under the trailer)
  • Rollovers
  • Collisions caused by a truck’s wide turns
  • Sideswiping or accidents caused by truck’s inability to see cars in their blind spots

The impact of colliding with a truck, in any way, can cause severe injuries such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, burns, cuts, organ damage and internal bleeding, broken bones, as well as death.

If you were injured in a motor vehicle collision, contact Troy Law Firm PLLC for a free case evaluation. Complete our contact form or call (304) 345-1122 to speak with our lawyer.

This is the first edition of our series on the differences between car and truck accidents. Read our blog next week for the second article in this series, when we explore “Car Accidents vs. Truck Accidents: Claims and Litigation.”