Common Causes of Devastating Truck AccidentsMay 15, 2019
Few traffic accidents are as destructive and dangerous as truck accidents.
This is largely due to the massive size and weight of the average commercial truck, which can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. When a passenger vehicle is involved in a truck accident, the occupants of the car often suffer severe injuries, if they were lucky enough to survive the accident. Understanding the common causes of these tragic accidents can help truck drivers make safe choices when they are behind the wheel.
Fatigue is the most common cause of truck accidents. Truck drivers tend to drive long hours, often on too little sleep. Truck companies often expect drivers to meet very tight deadlines, so truck drivers may violate the hours of service rules to meet those deadlines. An accumulation of fatigue can impact concentration, coordination, and the ability to react quickly to a situation. In extreme cases, exhausted truck drivers may fall asleep at the wheel.
Truck drivers who use drugs or alcohol put themselves and other motorists on the road at risk of being injured in an accident. Even certain prescription medications can cause drowsiness and impaired coordination, which can increase the risk of accidents.
Poor Vehicle Maintenance
Commercial trucks log thousands of miles each day, so it is extremely important that they are maintained regularly. If equipment such as brakes, tires, or headlights fail, it can cause serious accidents. It is the driver’s responsibility to make sure that their truck is properly maintained and that the appropriate repairs are made when necessary.
Truck drivers who are behind the wheel for several hours often become bored and look for something to break up the monotony. Sending or reading a text, making a phone call, or checking social media may ease the boredom, but those actions also cause devastating accidents if the truck driver does not see another vehicle due to distracted driving.
Inclement Weather Conditions
Rain, snow, and ice can cause hazardous road conditions, but it is particularly dangerous for large trucks since they require much more road space to stop. Slippery road conditions can also cause a truck to skid, hydroplane, or jackknife, which is extremely dangerous if other cars are in the vicinity.
Improper Cargo Loading
If a truck’s cargo is not loaded properly, it can shift, and the weight of the cargo can cause it to fall off the truck and into the road. If other vehicles are on the road, this can cause serious accidents and injuries.
Baltimore Truck Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims Injured in All Types of Truck Accidents
If you were seriously injured in a truck accident, do not hesitate to contact the Baltimore truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. We understand how devastating these accidents can be and we will determine the cause of the accident, and who is responsible for your injuries. Our dedicated legal team will secure the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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