While all motor vehicle accidents are dangerous and can result in serious injuries, accidents involving trucks tend to produce more devastating consequences. Tractor-trailers can weigh more than 30,000 pounds compared to 4,000-pound passenger vehicles – due to their sheer size and weight, accidents tend to produce severe injuries and fatalities.
Truck accidents can be caused by the same factors that cause car accidents, which can include drunk driving, distracted driving, and reckless driving. However, there are several factors unique to commercial truck drivers that may account for accidents.
Common causes of truck accidents include:
- Driver fatigue: Commercial truck drivers often have to drive long distances to transport cargo, including overnight, and with few breaks and little time for rest. As a result, many truck drivers become fatigued, which can result in distracted driving. Distracted driving can include slower reaction times to road hazards and situations, as well as falling asleep at the wheel, which can cause drivers to drift into other lanes and even onto opposing traffic.
- Inadequate training and maintenance: Truck drivers must abide by federal regulations and requirements when it comes to receiving training before they begin working, but unfortunately, some drivers start driving without being fully trained. This means that some drivers don’t know to drive, especially slow during poor weather conditions to prevent hydroplaning or jackknifing, with can put them and drivers around them at risk. Additionally, some trucks may fail to be inspected before they go out n the road, meaning it’s possible that trucks can have defective parts that can cause an accident.
- Improper cargo loading: Trucks can’t just load any type of cargo and as many shipments as they want. Each load has to adhere to specific limits for their size, weight, length, width, and height. When a cargo load is too heavy, trucks are more likely to tip over. Spills on the road can easily cause a catastrophic accident. Hazardous materials can also catch on fire or explode, causing serious injuries to all within the cargo’s vicinity.
HOW A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER CAN HELP
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident caused by human error, you’re entitled to your day in court. Serious injuries tend to be more expensive to treat, and many truck accidents end in severe damage. Injuries can include cuts and bruises, sprained, fractured, or broken bones, burns, internal bleeding, head and brain trauma, and neck and spinal cord injuries.
Our personal injury attorney is available to seek justice on your behalf and hold negligent drivers responsible for their actions. You don’t deserve to suffer because of another driver’s lack of responsibility. We can’t undo your accident, but we can guide you to a better future by seeking optimal courtroom outcomes.
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At Sanders.Law, your well-being is our priority. For more than a decade, our personal injury attorney has helped countless injured clients secure the justice they need to heal after an accident caused by negligence. We have a track record of success in accountability that can be trusted by individuals and families. We offer free and confidential consultations because we understand that you may be going through a difficult time, emotionally, physically, and financially. We treat every client like they’re our only client, because you and your case deserve personalized attention.
Injured in a truck accident? Call us immediately for dedicated legal service at (816) 844-6938, or contact us online. At Sanders.Law, our truck accident attorney is committed to keeping our community safe by holding negligent drivers responsible for their actions.