What are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
Being involved in a commercial truck accident is not the same as a regular passenger vehicle accident. Some of the most detrimental injuries and damages are caused by semi-truck crashes. Not only are the severity of the injuries and damages amplified, but these accident cases are often more complex to handle.
Many truck accidents that occur can be easily avoided. Unfortunately, drivers that are not alert and diligent when they are behind the wheel of a massive vehicle can cause extensive damage. Just one reckless mistake can lead to a catastrophic or deadly truck accident, and many truck accidents result from driver error on the part of the truck driver or trucking company.
We recently discussed the most common types of truck accident cases in Georgia; now, let’s discuss the most common reasons truck accidents occur.
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One of the most common reasons truck drivers end up causing an accident has to do with fatigue. Despite rules regarding how long a truck driver is permitted to drive without rest, many drivers do not observe these rules.
Driving while fatigued has a lot to do with the trucking companies demanding delivery of goods within a certain time frame that may not be possible to meet without driving for extended periods without rest.
Many truckers find themselves under a lot of pressure to make these deliveries within set deadlines. With poor or little sleep throughout their journey, fatigue can cause truckers to lose concentration and coordination while driving. In some cases, the driver may even fall asleep at the wheel.
If you have slipped, tripped, or fallen during any of these situations, you are likely entitled to a settlement that will cover the damages you’ve sustained.
Slip and fall lawsuits occur when an injured person sues an organization responsible for an injury.
Fortunately, most businesses carry liability insurance that can pay for the claims, but unfortunately, it will also pay for an expensive lawyer to fight your case.
Businesses and their insurance companies will look for the cheapest way out – they want to pay as little as possible for your damages.
But they would always rather settle out of court instead of paying for a high-priced attorney to defend them during a long trial.
Because trucking companies often require drivers to reach specific destinations within a specified time frame, many truck drivers will end up speeding to reach their location on time.
When a commercial driver speeds, they put themselves and other drivers in grave danger. If a standard motor vehicle is hit by a semi-truck going at high speed, the damage caused is usually deadly.
A commercial truck’s sheer size makes it that much harder to slow down or abruptly stop if needed. If a truck driver is trying to avoid an accident while speeding, their reaction time is significantly reduced. The driver may end up veering into another lane or not be able to stop in time to avoid an accident.
Many truck drivers will turn to alcohol or drugs to cope with the demands of their job. While some only take these substances off duty, others will abuse them while operating a commercial vehicle.
If a truck driver is impaired while driving, it’s all too easy for an accident to occur. When a driver’s full attention is not focused on the road, an accident can occur, causing harsh injuries and damages. Causing an accident while impaired will often lead to a criminal offense, loss of commercial driver’s license, job loss, and possible jail time.
Poor Vehicle Maintenance
Commercial truck drivers will often drive thousands of miles each day, so truck owners are required to make sure their vehicles are in top-notch condition before their drivers hit the road. Vehicle maintenance will often be overlooked due to the cost involved and the time it takes to maintain the trucks properly.
Poorly maintained trucks are a huge reason for commercial trucking accidents. Some of the most common issues include:
- Maintenance Errors: Improper vehicle maintenance will often lead to an accident that can be blamed on the truck owner or company and not necessarily the truck driver.
- Design Defects: If a truck was not properly designed or has poor parts installed, such as failing breaks or tires, the chances of an accident occurring are more likely. The designers and manufacturers may be held liable if an accident occurs.
- Cargo Issues: There are several ways that cargo issues can cause an accident. The cargo might be dangerous or mislabeled, leading to a hazardous spill or explosion. Cargo may have been loaded improperly, where incorrect weight distribution can cause a rollover accident.
Bad weather conditions such as excess rain, heavy snowfall, ice, or fog can impact one’s ability to drive safely. Due to the heavy weight and slow stopping speeds of a truck, it’s easy for a truck driver to cause an accident during inclement weather.
Driving at an appropriate speed for all weather conditions and braking properly to avoid skidding, jackknifing, and hydroplaning is essential for all truck drivers. Those who are not properly trained to drive during bad weather conditions should pull off to the side of the road to wait out the storm. Avoiding an accident is much more important than risking lives.
What To Do if You Were Involved in a Commercial Truck Accident
If you were involved in a commercial truck accident caused by a truck driver or trucking company’s negligence, it’s important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney for legal help as soon as possible.
The Brown Firm has a team of highly trained and skilled truck accident lawyers who specialize in helping the injured receive the compensation that they deserve for their suffering. Seeking the help of an attorney as quickly as possible will be your best chance at protecting your legal rights and your accident case.
Since truck accidents are often much more complex, it’s crucial to have legal help so the other party’s insurance company doesn’t take advantage of you.
Often in a truck accident case, multiple parties can be held responsible for the accident. Sometimes, if the driver is not liable, you will need to go after the manufacturer or trucking company to obtain compensation for your losses.
At The Brown Firm, we have a team of attorneys who provide a free consultation to truck accident victims. It’s our goal to help each client receive the benefits they deserve for the pain and suffering from another’s negligent behavior.
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