Types of Trucks and Truck Companies

There are many different types of trucks with which we must share the road. Each truck presents unique risks and dangers to the other cars, drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians around them. Most trucks are articulated vehicles or a vehicle that has a permanent or semi-permanent pivoting joint, allowing the often large vehicle to make sharp turns. In the broadest sense, any vehicle that tows a trailer could be classified as articulated. Here is a list of some of the most common types of trucks:

Tractor Unit- Also known as a “towing engine” or “tractor” is basically the cab of the truck which is build to tow a trailer.

Semi-Trailer Truck- A semi-Trailer popularly known as a “semi”, “big-rig”, “18-wheeler or “transfer truck” is an articulated vehicle which consists of a tractor unit and an attached trailer.

Eighteen Wheeler- A “semi-trailer truck” with 18 wheel configuration. These are known as the “giants” of the road.

Heavy Trucks- These are often semi trucks or 18-wheelers and the largest trucks allowed on the road. These are typically used to haul extremely heavy cargo for long periods of time.

Tanker Truck– These trucks are meant to carry liquid loads such as oil, dry bulk cargo or gasses. “Tank Trucks” are often distinguished by the cylindrical shape of the trailer. Common types of tank trucks are meant to transport gasoline, concrete, milk, water, diesel and industrial chemicals. These trucks are particularly dangerous due to their high center of gravity and often lethal cargo (gasoline, chemicals).

Dump Truck­- Dump trucks are often used by construction workers for transporting loose material such as dirt, gravel or sand that must be “dumped” in another area. Dump trucks are unique because they are equipped with a hydraulically operated open-box bed at the rear. The front of this open-box bed can be lifted to drop the contents.

Flatbed Truck- This type of truck has an entirely flat, level body with no sides or roof. It allows for easy and quick loading and is typically used to transport sturdy, heavy loads. It can be articulated or rigid.

Garbage Truck– We all know what these are. Garbage trucks, also known as waste collection vehicles (WCV), are designed to pick up waste and haul it to landfills or other recycling or treatment facilities. Garbage trucks can be dangerous because they often work in residential areas full of pedestrians, and are quick to stop and start.

Call McEldrew Law now at 1-215-545-8800 if you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident. You will not be charged a penny until we recover damages on your behalf. Contact McEldrew Law today and get the help you deserve from one of our qualified truck accident lawyers.

Largest Truck Companies

There are numerous trucking companies operating in the U.S. today. Together these companies put hundreds of thousands of large trucks on the road.  For your convenience, we have included a list of the largest truck companies in the U.S.

– United Parcel Service (UPS)
– FedEx Ground
– FedEx Freight
– United Van Lines
– Overnite Transportation
– American Freightways
– Schneider National, Inc.
– Ryder Integrated Logistics
– J.B. Hunt Transport Services
– Con-Way Inc.
– ABF Freight System
– North American Van Lines
– Swift Transportation
– Werner Enterprises
– Penske Logistics
– Atlas Van Lines
– Landstar Ranger
– M.S. Carriers
– USF Holland
– Watkins Motor Lines
– Allied Van Lines
– U.S. Xpress
– YRC Worldwide
– Estes Express Lines

If you have been involved in an accident with a large commercial truck, attempting to go up against these companies can be a daunting and complicated undertaking. That is why it is critical to hire an attorney who has the experience, knowledge and resources to stand up against these big companies and their even bigger insurers.

At McEldrew Law, we may be able to help you with virtually any type of injury or wrongful death claim you file against a trucking company. Call McEldrew Law right now at 1-800-590-4116 for a free consultation.

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