Common Causes of Truck Accidents
At 80,000 pounds when fully-loaded, large commercial trucks can do severe damage to passenger vehicles and those inside them if the two are involved in an accident.
To stay safer on the road, it’s beneficial to understand the most common causes of truck accidents.
Truck drivers are under immense pressure from their employers to meet strict deadlines, and because of this, many of them drive long distances with little to no breaks. All commercial truck drivers are required to obey the Hours of Service regulations enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These have been designed to eliminate drowsiness among truckers that too often leads to devastating crashes. However, when truckers violate these regulations, fatigue takes over, causing them to lose concentration, judgment, and sometimes fall asleep behind the wheel.
As mentioned previously, truck drivers are expected to deliver goods within a specific time. When weather or road conditions delay them, the pressures don’t alleviate, and many drivers sacrifice safety by overspeeding or overtaking leading to collisions.
Distracted driving is a major issue. In the United States, nearly 9 people are killed and over 1,000 injured in crashes that are caused by a distracted driver each day. And when a trucker diverts their attention away from the task of driving, the consequences can be even more catastrophic.
Driving While Intoxicated
A study on truck drivers around the world found that 50% drank alcohol and 30% took amphetamines. Many drivers have admitted to relying on alcohol and drugs to stay awake or entertained while on long trips. It is not only illegal to drive while intoxicated, but it can also lead to fatal accidents.
Commercial truckers are required to take in their vehicle for maintenance, but not everyone follows these guidelines. While there are regulations to ensure trucks remain in peak condition, the costs and time associated with this hold many trucking companies back (illegally so) from keeping up with this vital task.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a negligent truck driver, you will need a skilled and experienced truck accident attorney on your side. At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, our lawyers have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for accident victims, and we are ready to help you.
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