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Top 4 Causes of Truck Accidents

by | Dec 14, 2017 | Truck Accidents

Commercial truck accidents often have serious consequences, and may even be fatal. Knowing what causes truck crashes can help you stay alert and aware of any conditions that could put you at risk while sharing the road with a big rig. Here’s what you need to know.

What Are Some Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

1. Driver Error

Truck drivers have a responsibility to drive safety and to follow traffic laws. If the truck driver is reckless or negligent, he or she may cause an accident. This may involve speeding, braking suddenly during turns, and not using signals properly when changing lanes or turning.

2. Road Conditions

Poor weather, such as rain, sleet, wind, or snow, may cause a truck accident. Road construction and lack of visibility at night or in fog may also contribute to a crash. It is important to be aware of road and weather conditions, and to keep a safe distance from trucks.

3. Drowsy Driving

Truck drivers are often on the road for hours at a time, and some drive through the night. Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires mandatory rest breaks and limits the number of hours truckers can spend behind the wheel, trucking companies still push drivers to meet deadlines. This means truck drivers may be sleepy and cause an accident. If you are driving late at night or early in the morning, be cautious and pay attention to the driving behavior of trucks around you.

4. Equipment Malfunction

Tire blowouts, brake failure, and overloading are common causes of truck accidents. Trucking companies and truckers are required to inspect every vehicle before departing. If they fail to do so, they may be held liable for accidents caused by equipment malfunctions. Manufacturers and maintenance companies may also be held responsible for failing to provide safe and effective equipment for the truck, and cargo companies may be liable for overloading or other careless mistakes.

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If you have been injured in a truck accident, The King Firm can help. Our South Georgia truck accident attorneys are passionate about helping injured clients seek justice for truck crashes. We will work tirelessly on your behalf throughout the process.

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