Causes of Truck Accidents

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An important part of any lawsuit is determining who is at fault. To determine who is at fault, you must first determine the cause of the accident.

Common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Driver Fatigue
  • Unreasonable Schedules
  • Improperly Loaded or Overloaded Trucks
  • Defective Equipment
  • Poorly Maintained Truck
  • Lack of Driver Training and Experience
  • Intoxication
  • Dangerous Weather Conditions
  • Defective Roadways
  • Negligent Drivers of Other Vehicles
  • Failure to follow “Rules of the Road”
  • Tire Blowouts
  • Failure to Heed Signal on Sign
  • Failure to Yield Right of Way
  • Inattention of Driver
  • Aggressive Driving
  • Tailgating
  • Brake Failure
  • Excessive Speed

Many times, accidents occur because of truck driver error.  This can mean the driver was fatigued, speeding, tailgating, failed to signal, or driving under the influence.   Fatigue is the most common cause of driver error, contributing to about 40% of all trucking accidents.  Drivers are often compensated in a way that encourages driving faster and longer than is safe.  A truck driver may operate in unsafe conditions to meet a deadline.

According to the National Highway Safety Administration, at least 29% of truck accidents involve brake failure.  This can be due to faulty inspection, lack of maintenance, condensation, or overheating.  The federal government requires truck companies and drivers to stay on top of their brake conditions at all times.  Therefore, more than one party can be liable for brake failure.  Manufacturers and designers can also be responsible.

Another common problem found in large truck accidents involves its tires.  With so much riding on them, it is of the utmost importance that they are always performing safely.  Flaws in design, poor maintenance, and lack of proper inspection can cause tire blowouts, which can cause serious destruction.

Commercial vehicles present distinctive dangers on our nation’s highways.  At high speeds, one mistake on the part of the truck driver or another motorist can cause a devastating truck accident.  Our attorneys examine every detail to determine how an accident happens and who is responsible. Your accident could be the result of designer, manufacturer, mechanic, or truck driver negligence.  We work diligently to hold the correct parties accountable in your case.  Call us for your free consultation.

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