What are some common causes of truck accidents?
There are very strict state and federal rules governing truck driving in the U.S. The intent of these laws is to help protect people and prevent accidents. However, the sad truth is that there are truck drivers who decide to skirt the rules and put other people in danger.
At Clay, Massey & Associates, P.C., we help those hurt in truck accidents. We understand the rules governing the trucking industry and know the tactics used to try to cover for negligent companies and drivers.
Truck driver fatigue: a real danger on the roadways
Anyone who is overly tired on the roadways poses a threat to others. Truck drivers, though, often find themselves especially susceptible with the monotony of driving. For others, there is the incentive to drive more — even going against the hours of service regulations imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration — to work outside of their driving limits. A tired driver — with an unrealistic schedule and expectations — in charge of handling several thousand pounds of machinery is never a good idea.
Companies need to hire the right drivers
Driving a truck requires a certain level of skill and patience. It is on the trucking companies to hire the right people. This means not only making sure background checks are completed prior to employment, but also providing adequate training. If an untrained or inexperienced driver is the cause of a truck accident, the company can end up being held accountable.
Drugs and drinking a real concern too
Just like with any driver, you do not want someone under the influence on the roadways. Sadly, though, this is a reality that can and does happen, and the truck driver ends up getting caught breaking the law after the accident.