What are some common causes of truck accidents?

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.

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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.

Truck Accident Causes

Of course, this is just an overview of three types of truck driver error and is not a complete list. Trucks not being properly loaded or carrying too heavy a load is another concern, as is speeding, overly aggressive driving and overlooked maintenance issues. In some cases, the cause is actually a combination of missteps. In all of these scenarios, after an accident, you want an attorney to step in to start the investigation. The trucking companies have lawyers on their side. You should too.

2017-03-26T02:29:42-05:00August 23rd, 2016|Truck Accidents|