Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

truck-driver.jpgAccidents involving semi-trailer trucks are often catastrophic due to the size and power of these vehicles. The result can include not only extensive property damage, but also devastating injuries to those involved.

A look at some common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Inadequate training: Large trucks are difficult to drive. Drivers must be adequately trained and must meet licensing requirements to operate these vehicles. When a driver is improperly trained, an accident can happen.
  • Truck driver fatigue: Truck drivers work long hours–often longer than they are supposed to. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates hours of service for truck drivers. When drivers work longer than they are supposed to, they can become dangerously tired increasing the likelihood of an accident.
  • Under the influence: When a truck driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the risk of an accident is heightened.
  • Driving errors: Truck drivers are not immune from making errors. They speed. They engage in distracted driving. They take curves too fast. Any of these factors can contribute to a crash.

When an accident happens, a thorough investigation is critical. Trucking companies may immediately send investigators to the scene of the accident to begin their own investigation. That is why it is important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident occurs.

Free consultation: If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, schedule a no-cost consultation with one of our lawyers by calling 800-594-4884.