There's no doubt that being involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler can be a driver's worst nightmare. In 2019 alone, a total of 4,119 people died as a result of getting into a truck-related crash.
Truck driver errors such as taking a curve too fast, failing to monitor blind spots, and speeding are the leading cause of car accidents involving big rigs. Other common causes of these types of accidents include:
Tractor Trailer Equipment Issues
Equipment or mechanical failure is another common cause of 18-wheeler-related motor vehicle crashes. Defective tires or design errors can lead to unintentional accidents.
When equipment is not maintained correctly, trucking accidents are also more likely to occur. Common maintenance issues that could potentially lead to mechanical failures are:
- Failing to maintain brakes
- Removing or depowering the front brakes in an attempt to minimize the expense of tire replacement costs
- Defective steering
- Improperly attaching the trailer which can increase the risk of jack lifting
- Improper loading of cargo, which contributes to the truck rollover
Fatigue and Drug Use
Truck drivers work for long periods, which can cause drowsiness and fatigue. Driving under these conditions can:
- Impair judgment
- Prevent the driver from making safe driving distractions
- Lessen the driver's ability to control the truck
- Reduce reaction times
Drug abuse is another factor that plays into the causes of trucking accidents. Using drugs while handling an 18-wheeler can have the same impact on the truck driver. Federal regulations require trucking companies to test drivers (scheduled and randomly) for alcohol and drug usage to be eligible for employment.
A few other factors play a part when it comes to assessing the causes of trucking accidents. Some of these may include:
- Distracted driving, such as eating, texting, or talking on the phone
- Weather conditions
- Failure to adhere to traffic signs and signals
- Faulty road design
Contact a Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been involved in a trucking accident, contact a lawyer right away, as you may be owed financial compensation. Working with a lawyer can help ensure you have a complete understanding of the details of your case and any legal options you may have. Here at Hanna Allen, PLLC, we have the expertise to fight cases just like yours, so you don't have to do it alone.
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