Accidents involving commercial trucks commonly fall under one of these categories:
- Head-on and rear-end collisions—this occurs when a truck collides with another vehicle head-on. Rear-end collision is when the car drives into the back of another vehicle.
- Jackknife accidents—this happens when a truck brakes suddenly, and its trailers swing out to a ninety-degree angle. Jackknifing trucks can easily roll-over, which can be disastrous for anyone nearby.
- Blind Spot Accidents—blind spots are much larger in commercial trucks than in smaller vehicles. Semi-trucks, in particular, are notorious for having significant blind spots, where the driver loses sight of other cars.
- Underride accidents—one of the deadliest variations of truck accidents, they happen when a truck stops too quickly, and an approaching vehicle gets stuck under the tractor-trailer. Often, the top of the smaller car gets ripped off.
- Tire blowouts—while the tires of any motor vehicle can blowout, commercial trucks are much more likely to run into tire failure.