Truck accidents are especially devastating. Due to the sheer size of the truck itself, even a crash at low speed could lead to serious injury. There has been an increase in trucking accidents over the past few decades, due to distracted driving, demands on the industry, and more. While there are numerous reasons that a truck accident can occur, some causes are more common than others.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
In the United States, there are some causes that are more common than others. These include:
- Driver Error – Driver error is more likely to cause a truck crash than any other factors. Things like driver fatigue, distractions, inattention, or even substance abuse can lead to critical errors on the road. These also cause unnecessary risks; when a driver cannot react properly to dangers on the road, he or she can cause an accident.
- Truck Equipment Failure or Errors – Equipment failure is another common cause of truck accidents. Equipment failures can include things like manufacturing errors, design issues, defective tires or even failure to provide proper maintenance. These failures can also include mechanical issues or improperly maintained components. For example, a trucking company could fail to maintain the airbrake system, which may cause the truck to be unable to stop in an emergency.
- Weather – Weather has a big impact on the safety of semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles. Due to their weight, they may be unable to stop or even maneuver in poor weather. When vehicles cut off trucks in rain or snow, the truck driver may be unable to stop safely – causing a serious accident. If the truck driver fails to account for these limitations in poor weather, they can cause an accident.
- Improper Loading – Cargo on a truck needs to be loaded in a certain way in order for it to be safe. When a load is unevenly distributed, the truck may be more prone to tip-overs. Imbalanced loads can also lead to braking issues, or even fall from the truck, and cause an accident.
- Poorly Trained Drivers – Lastly, a growing cause for fatal truck accidents in the United States is the caliber of ability among drivers themselves. When companies fail to properly screen their drivers or ensure that they have adequate training, they are putting everyone at risk. A company should never just hire a driver without checking to see if they have the proper experience. The employer also has the responsibility to verify that its private truck meets and complies with all Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) regulations.
Injured in a Truck Accident? Contact an NYC Truck Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident with a semi-truck or commercial vehicle, you may be entitled to compensation. To find out if you qualify, you will need to speak with an attorney who specializes in these types of cases. Contact the expert truck accident team at Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. today. You can meet with us during a free consultation by callling 1-888-575-6410 or fill out our online contact form with your questions.