Types of commercial vehicles involved in accidents

kinds of commercial vehicles involved in accidents

Dump trucks

A dump truck is a truck used for transporting loose material (such as sand, gravel, or dirt) for construction. A typical dump truck is a commercial vehicle used to transport trash to landfills and in addition to the normal truck accident scenarios, a dump truck is susceptible to backing up accidents due to limited view, and pedestrian accidents in residential neighborhoods.

18 wheelers

Also known as big rigs, tractor-trailers, and semi trucks, they are the typical big truck seen day in and day out on Texas highways. 18-wheelers are used to carry cargo and account for as much as 85 percent of the cargo shipped in the US.

Flatbed trucks

A flatbed truck is a truck you see on the roadway with the trailer being a flat open trailer. Flatbed trailers are used for ease of loading and typically feature goods or equipment tied down. We see many accidents from flatbed trucks that involve improper loading in addition to the usual truck accident causes.

Extra duty trucks

These are the heavy trucks, which are used to carry the largest equipment. They sometimes are extra long and may require special permits to operate.


Is another name for an 18-wheeler or big rig and is a trailer collected to and pulled by a trailer. These trucks require a professional driver (with a CDL) and account for the majority of truck accidents in Texas. Connected or what is know as articulated vehicles have special issues with control due to the two part nature (tractor and trailer). We see many accidents when due to braking or steering input the trailer is traveling at a different speed than the tractor, which can result in a jackknife accident or a loss of control.

Tanker truck

A tracker truck is one that carries liquids and can be the subject of special regulations if the liquids are classified as hazardous materials.

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