Commercial trucks such as tankers, tractor trailers, and delivery trucks present unique dangers to smaller vehicles due to their large size. When driving at high speeds, even a minor error by a truck driver can result in a disastrous accident. Some common causes of truck accidents include:
What causes a truck accident?
Numerous factors can contribute to a truck accident. Some of the most common include the following:
- Bad weather – Inclement weather such as heavy rain or snow, icy conditions, and fog can affect anybody’s ability to drive safely. In fact, according to The Weather Channel, weather-related vehicle accidents account for 21 percent of all vehicle accidents. When operating a truck in poor weather conditions, it is essential for truck drivers to drive at an appropriate speed and brake properly to avoid hydroplaning or skidding out. Truck drivers who are not trained to operate their vehicle in poor weather conditions should pull over to the side of the road and wait for the bad weather to pass, rather than risking their safety and the safety of other drivers.
- Fatigued driver – The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that truck driver fatigue is a contributing factor to between 30 and 40 percent of commercial truck accidents. Although there are regulations that limit the amount of time a truck driver can be on the road in a given day or week, the demand to meet delivery deadlines means many drivers feel pressure to be on the road for longer than what is safe. Driver fatigue can reduce a driver’s reaction times, cause them to lose concentration, and, of course, fall asleep at the wheel.
- Condition of vehicle – All commercial truck companies must “systematically inspect, repair, and maintain … all motor vehicles and intermodal equipment subject to its control,” as outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) maintenance regulations. Like any other vehicle, a truck’s components can wear out and break if not properly maintained. By following the FMCSA’s guidelines for vehicle maintenance, commercial truck companies reduce the risk of faulty tires, brakes, and fuel filters causing a deadly accident on the road.
- Driver error – In a study of truck-related accidents, the FMCSA determined that 75 percent of truck accidents are caused by driver error. Distracted or inattentive driving and driver decisions such as speeding, tailgating, and failing to signal make up more than 50 percent of all truck accidents.
Consult an experienced attorney
If you have sustained an injury in an accident, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. The claims process can be intimidating, especially if you are having trouble getting your claim approved. At Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, our Texas truck accident attorneys are ready to advocate for you.
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