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Know All The Different Types Of Trucks On The Road Talk With A Lawyer

The type of truck involved in an accident is usually a direct correlation to the type and severity of injuries incurred. Additionally, there may be several different parties to blame for a crash depending on the type of truck that caused an accident.

Regardless of the type of truck involved in a collision, the results are usually catastrophic due to the size and weight of most commercial vehicles.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, our attorneys may be able to help you file a claim to recover expenses you incurred that were related to the wreck.

To begin exploring your legal options, contact our lawyers today by completing the Free Case Review form to the left.

The following types of trucks are often involved in North Carolina truck accidents:

Dump Truck

A dump truck, or a production truck, is often used in construction for the transportation of loose material, such as sand, dirt or gravel. Dump trucks are also used to transport trash to landfills. These types of trucks are equipped with a hydraulically-operated, open-box bed hinged at the rear. The front of the bed can be lifted up to allow the contents to be deposited on the ground behind the truck at the delivery site. Due to the design of a dump truck, drivers have limited rear-view and are prone to backing up accidents.

Garbage Truck

Garbage trucks, or waste collection vehicles (WCVs) are specially designed to pick up smaller quantities of curbside trash in order to transport it to landfills, recycling plants or treatment facilities. Dump trucks are sometimes specially fitted to be used as a WCV.

Panel Truck

This type of truck is a small truck or van with a fully-enclosed body. Panel trucks are often used for the delivery of consumer conveniences, such as flowers, bakery goods or laundry.


This type of truck is a semi-trailer truck configuration with 18 wheels. An 18-wheeler is typically used to carry cargo. They account for about 85 percent of the vehicles used to transport cargo in the United States.

Extra Duty Truck

Extra duty trucks are used to carry very large equipment. A special permit is usually required to operate this type of truck.

Flatbed Truck

This type of truck has an open truck bed or trailer with no sides. The design of a flatbed truck allows for goods to be loaded quickly and easily. They are usually used to transport goods and equipment that are durable and that are not vulnerable to precipitation. Many accidents involving this type of truck are caused by the improper loading of goods.


A semi-trailer truck is an articulated truck that consists of a towing engine and a semi-trailer which carries freight. It is possible for a semi-trailer to have more than one trailer. These types of trucks require a professional driver with a CDL. They account for the majority of truck accidents. Connected vehicles have issues with control due to their two-part nature (the tractor and the trailer). Many accidents occur when the trailer is traveling at a different speed than the tractor, causing the truck to jackknife and the driver to lose control.

Tanker Truck

A tanker truck is a motor vehicle designed to carry liquids and gasses. Several variations of tanker trucks exist due to the wide variety of liquids that can be transported. Tanker trucks tend to be large in size; they can be insulated or non-insulated; pressurized or non-pressurized. They also may be designed to carry single or multiple loads (often by means of internal divisions in their tank). Tanker trucks can be the subject of special regulations if they are transporting hazardous materials.

Contact an Experienced North Carolina Truck Accident Lawyer Today

With offices in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, at Lewis & Keller, we are committed to fighting for the rights of any North Carolina resident who has been injured in a truck accident, regardless of the type of truck involved in the wreck.

Our attorneys understand the complexities involved in a commercial vehicle accident claim, as there are a variety of people or entities that can be held accountable for the accident.

If you are unsure if you have reason to file a truck accident injuries claim, do not hesitate to contact our firm for a free, initial case evaluation. During your case evaluation, we will assess the merits of your potential claim and offer guidance on how to best pursue legal recourse for your condition.

We believe that every North Carolina personal injury victim deserves access to legal counsel, so our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you choose to hire our firm, there is never any cost to you unless we obtain a favorable outcome for your claim.

For more information on the legal rights which may be available to North Carolina truck accident victims and their families or to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation with a member of our legal team, please complete the Free Case Review form on this page.

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