What Are the Main Causes of Truck Accidents?
Jun 16, 2020 04:50 PM EDT
When it comes to trucks, everything is much bigger in comparison to our ordinary vehicles. From the size of wheels to the engine, and also the weight and the power behind them. Sadly, this also means that if you're caught up in an accident with one, the consequences and dangers are also huge in comparison. The damage to your vehicle, your injuries and the threat to your life are all significantly magnified.
Believe it or not, it's often a small mistake that can cause a truck accident and it's these mistakes that need to be investigated, especially if you want to bring a personal injury claim against the driver and the trucking company who has hit your vehicle and injured you and your family. Click the link if you want more information on truck & auto accidents.
So, what are the main causes of truck accidents? Read on to find out more.
Driving a huge truck and rig requires months of intensive training. Not only do drivers need to manoeuvre their load safely, but they also need to be aware of defensive driving techniques, and how to utilise their vehicle safely. Sadly, if the driver in question is not adequately trained or is even driving the vehicle illegally, it means they're more likely to cause a crash.
Often truck drivers work long hours, and spend incredibly long periods behind the wheel, and also dealing with stressful driving conditions. Truck drivers are required by law to only drive for a certain amount of time before they must take a break. Sadly, tight schedules and heavy workloads often mean that truck drivers continue driving when they need to rest. Driving whilst tired means there is less time to react, and accidents are much more likely.
Again, if a trucker is behind schedule, they may be tempted to break the speed limit to make up for lost time. This not only puts themselves in danger but also other road users. Speeding combined with changing lanes dangerously or completing manoeuvres without undertaking the correct safety checks can all lead to injuries and death on the roads.
Sometimes, the crash might not be down to driver error but down to vehicle problems instead. Failure in braking, or steering, issues with the electrical components, or problems with the cargo that causes an explosion, or causes the driver to lose control.
Sometimes road issues can be the cause of truck accidents. From poorly maintained roads to spillages on the tarmac that cause a truck to skid into oncoming traffic.
If you've been involved in a road accident involving a truck, reach out to a PI lawyer as soon as possible.