Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Be Safe on the Roads
Truck accidents are unfortunately common on our roads, causing tremendous human losses, property damage, and countless lost hours in traffic jams. Despite these accidents seeming like an inevitable byproduct of our need to move goods around the country, these accidents are usually preventable events that arise from negligence, i.e., failing to take proper care.
In the context of truck accidents, negligence can take many forms, including distracted driving, drowsy driving, and improper maintenance of vehicles and equipment. This blog will touch on these causes to better understand why truck accidents happen.
Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of truck accidents. It occurs when a driver takes their attention away from the task at hand of driving, either by talking to passengers in the cab, adjusting the radio, or using a cell phone. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving causes more than 3,000 deaths annually in the United States. While distracted driving is the source of the majority of all vehicle accidents, those involving trucks pose the greatest threat to nearby motorists and pedestrians due to trucks’ large proportions and heavy loads.
Another common cause of truck accidents is drowsy driving. This occurs when a driver has not slept enough before getting behind the wheel. The NHTSA estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes involve tired drivers each year. This is a particularly pressing issue for truck drivers, who often travel long distances and work odd hours to meet delivery deadlines.
Faulty equipment can also lead to truck accidents. Poorly maintained vehicles and trailers can break down unexpectedly or malfunction due to worn down or defective parts. In addition, overloaded trailers can lead to instability and increased braking distances. If a truck is not loaded correctly or maintained properly, it can pose a danger to other motorists on the road.
Get in Touch with Walnut Creek Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a family member have been seriously injured or killed due to a negligent truck driver and/or trucking company, an experienced attorney can help you explore your legal options and ensure that you receive maximum compensation available under the law.
The Walnut Creek personal injury attorneys at Casper, Meadows, Schwartz & Cook can help you secure compensation for your injuries caused by a negligent truck driver. Learn how we can help or schedule a free case consultation by calling (925) 275-5592 or visiting our website.