Common Causes of Truck Accidents
WHAT ARE THE Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration looked into the most common reasons for large truck accidents. The final report concluded that the top causes of big rig crashes were due to the following hazards.
I met with Harry Brown personally and he sat with me for 20 minutes at our initial consultation to explain everything. He even called after my surgery to see how I was doing. I met with him several more times after that and was kept informed about my case throughout. I highly recommend Harry Brown as an attorney.
Driver error is by far the most common cause of all tractor-trailer crashes. There are countless reasons a driver could cause a trucking accident, and some of the most common factors include:
- Prescription or Illegal Drug Use
- Insufficient Distance Between Vehicles for Adequate Reaction Time
- Unfamiliarity with Roads
- Failure to Properly Check Blind Spots
- Driver Fatigue
- Illegal Traffic Maneuver
- Distracted Driving
- Road Rage
Truck Equipment Failure
Equipment failure is the second leading cause of all commercial vehicle crashes. This includes malfunctions in design and manufacturing. Some of the most common defects are on tires and brakes. Although it is always required to perform an inspection before hitting the road, not all truckers perform this pre-trip inspection, and those that do can not always detect that there will be a problem on the highway.
Like in car accidents, the weather has a large effect on road conditions and can easily cause a tractor-trailer accident. Because big rigs are so tall and heavy, wet or icy road conditions can cause dangerous driving conditions. The average braking distance needed is often severely decreased, requiring truckers to have an increased reaction time. Unfortunately, drivers do not always consider these factors when operating their trucks, resulting in accidents and injuries.
A common factor most people do not consider is the improper loading of a truck’s trailer. When a truck’s load is not equally distributed throughout the trailer, the uneven load can potentially cause the truck to malfunction, causing a wreck. The most common type of improper loading is a trailer being top-heavy, resulting in the truck tipping over. Now that we’ve discussed the potential hazards drivers face daily, here are some common injuries both parties can sustain if involved in an accident.
Most Common Truck Accident Injuries
Truck drivers are always at a higher chance of an accident, resulting in injuries or fatalities. Take extra precaution when in the vicinity of a semi-truck to avoid afflictions such as:
- Neck Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Bone Breaks and Fractures
- Head Injuries and Concussion
Want to learn more about Truck Accidents? Check out our blog on what you should know about truck accidents.
When you’re involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, hire a trusted attorney from The Brown Firm to protect your rights. If you or someone you know has been an injured in a Truck Accident in Georgia or South Carolina, call our experienced Truck Accident Attorneys in Athens, Atlanta, Savannah, or Okatie, SC to help. A truck wreck lawsuit could be difficult to pursue independently, so let our personal Injury lawyers, from The Brown Firm, help you file a claim against the negligent truck driver.
Please call our experienced Truck Accident Attorneys today or click on the link below for a Free Consultation with one of our expert Truck Accident Personal Injury Attorneys.
Ready to Talk to a Lawyer Who Has Your Back?
Our Recent Personal Injury Articles
Jaclyn faced injuries, bills, and more after being hurt in an accident her driver caused. Learn how our persistence helped her win the money she deserved.
While most of a personal injury settlement is tax free, you may owe taxes on certain types of damages or interest. Learn more in this article.
The size of a herniated disc settlement can vary significantly based on several factors. Read to learn more about how damages are calculated.
Our car accident law firm discusses the best way to handle a car accident on private property in Georgia or South Carolina. For legal help call The Brown Firm.
Learn about special damages, punitive damages, and other money you can win in a personal injury trial—and how an attorney can help.
In the article inside, we will explain how to determine your slip and fall case's value.If you were recently injured from a fall due to hazardous conditions on someone else's...
In the article below, we will go over some of the truck accident questions our Truck Accident Lawyers are asked most often. Call for a free consultation. If you've recently...
In the article inside, we will examine what constitutes nursing home neglect and what can be done about it. Failure to meet the needs of a nursing home resident is...
Learn what personal injury is, if you might have a personal injury case, and how to get the compensation you deserve with the help of an experienced attorney.
Inside we will dive deeper into car accident claims for children and some key differences between a personal injury claim for an adult and a child.
Contact The Brown Firm
Get the Answers and Compensation You Deserve
You’ll notice the difference when you contact The Brown Firm! Our local dedicated attorneys want to help you recover and rebuild. We serve all of Georgia and South Carolina from four conveniently located offices in Savannah, Atlanta, Athens, and Okatie.
Schedule your free consultation by calling (912) 324-2498 or completing our simple online form.