Rhode Island Truck Accident Attorneys

There is a general rule when it comes to truck accidents — the bigger the build, the more catastrophic the crash. It comes as no surprise, then, that commercial trucking accidents are among the deadliest and most destructive on the New England highways.

There are many types of trucking accidents. At The Bottaro Law Firm, LLC, we’ve worked with victims of virtually every kind of truck crash, so we understand that no two accidents are quite alike. We also know from first-hand experience that the injuries in these cases can impact every aspect of your life.

Unfortunately, the majority of the trucking accidents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are caused by driver negligence. More often than not, it is the truck driver who is assigned fault. That’s because these trucks are difficult to drive and require a heightened degree of care. Nevertheless, many drivers push themselves to work long hours on little sleep, sometimes speeding to meet deadlines, often at the behest of their employers.

When truck drivers and their employers drive negligently, they put innocent lives in danger. Victims and their families are frequently entitled to significant compensation for their suffering, and our Rhode Island truck accident attorneys are dedicated to fighting for those victims’ rights under the law.

It is helpful to have an understanding of the most common types of trucking accidents, how they happen, and what you can do to avoid them. Let’s take a closer look below.

Rollover Accidents

Rollovers happen when vehicles lose balance and flip on the roadway. They account for some of the most disastrous accidents every year. As a general rule, vehicles with a high center of gravity — SUVs, transfer trailer trucks, semi-trailers, big rigs, etc. — are the most vulnerable to rollover.

Often, these accidents are caused by a “trip” (that is, an impediment or defect in the roadway), which causes the vehicle to suddenly lose balance. Speeding, reckless driving, trucker fatigue, and highway distractions all increase the likelihood of a rollover.

Jackknife Accidents

Jackknife accidents are specific to large, tractor-trailer-style commercial trucks. In a jackknife, the trailer part of the truck loses traction and slides towards the tractor. The tractor begins to skid as the trailer moves into a 90-degree angle. This all happens very quickly, causing the driver to lose control of the tractor. The truck is then likely to run off the road, rollover, or crash into other vehicles.  

Underride Accidents

It’s a horrifying scenario. Imagine that you are in a smaller-sized passenger car, following behind a particularly tall commercial truck. In the event of a rear-end collision between the two, it is possible for your car to actually ride up underneath the base of the truck. This is known as an “underride.” Underride accidents are frequently fatal, particularly for the occupants of the smaller car.

Override Accidents

Similarly, a large truck can run over a smaller car in front of it, causing the truck to drive on top of the car, often crushing it. This is called an “override,” and it can be deadly.

No-Zone Truck Accidents

A “no zone” is a type of blind spot specific to large commercial trucks. Semi-trucks, big rigs, and 18-wheelers have at least four “no zones,” located around both the tractor and the trailer. It may be altogether impossible for the truck driver to spot traffic traveling in these “no zones.” No-zone truck accidents occur when a truck driver negligently changes lanes, makes a turn, or dramatically changes speed, resulting in collision with the traffic in its “no zones.” No-zone truck accidents sometimes happen when a truck is making a wide or “swinging” turn.

Overloaded Truck Accidents

While it is true that many commercial trucks are designed to carry massive cargo, every truck has a specific weight limit. Unfortunately, the companies that own these trucks sometimes overload them to save on costs or for the sake of efficiency. An overloaded truck can cause drivers to lose control and puts everyone on the road in danger. When overloaded, trucks may have difficulty slowing down, stopping, pulling over, making turns, or maneuvering difficult roadways.  

Hazardous Material Truck Accidents

Some commercial trucks are designed to carry hazardous, toxic, flammable, or explosive materials. When these trucks are involved in accidents, they expose people in the surrounding environment — not to mention the environment itself — to harm. Trucks carrying hazardous materials are more likely to catch fire or explode during (or shortly after) a crash. After any commercial truck accident, always get as far away from the truck as is safe and possible.

There are many other types of trucking accidents. Regardless of the nature of the accident, victims of a truck driver’s negligence are typically entitled to compensation in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Talk to Our Rhode Island Truck Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in any of these types of trucking accidents, our office can help.

The Bottaro Law Firm is proud to offer its clients our “No Fee Guarantee,” which means you will never have to pay anything upfront in your case. Our fees only apply if we win.

Please contact us as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation with the experienced Rhode Island truck accident attorneys at The Bottaro Law Firm, LLC.