Truck accidents can be incredibly tragic for everyone involved. With such large vehicles, property damage as well as injuries can be very severe, often ending in death. While an accident of any kind can happen to anyone, truck drivers are held to much higher safety standards than the average driver. When an accident occurs, it is important to get to the root of what caused the crash in order to correctly assign liability.
What Causes Dangerous Truck Accidents?
Truck drivers are often under a lot of pressure to deliver their loads on time, and their paycheck relies on their ability to get from point A to point B as quickly and efficiently as possible. This means that drivers and companies will often do whatever it takes to literally “keep trucking,” often at the risk of other drivers on the road.
Common causes of truck accidents can often be tied back to the immense pressure to perform, including:
- Speeding: Drivers in a rush to get to their final destination can cause serious accidents.
- Driver Fatigue: Despite strict regulations on work and rest hours, many drivers and companies will manipulate driving records so that drivers can keep driving.
- Overloaded or Oversized Trucks: Trucks take a much longer distance to come to a stop due to their weight and size, and when trucks are loaded more heavily than they are meant to be, the driver is often unable to react to traffic flow changes in time.
- Maintenance Shortcomings and Oversight: Commercial vehicles are subject to strict maintenance standards, but to save time or money, many trucking companies let minor problems or inspections slide in order to save money.
- Improper Driver Training: Driving a large truck safely is truly an art form that takes time to master. A truck driver who has not been properly trained or who is simply inexperienced can lose control of his vehicle all too easily.
- Drug Use: In order to stay awake or sleep at strange hours, many drivers turn to drugs—even legal, over-the-counter drugs—that can affect their ability to operate safely.
Beyond these reasons, drivers are often required to handle dangerous road conditions and bad weather, which can greatly stack the odds to favor an accident.
If you have been involved in a truck accident, you may have many questions about what caused the accident and who is to blame. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you find the answers to your important questions, as well as secure compensation for your medical bills and property damage. To find out more about your rights after a truck accident, click on the live chat feature to be connected with our firm today.