Accidents that involve tractor-trailers and other large trucks almost always result in severe injury or even death. Due to the dangers of trucking accidents, it’s essential to understand the common causes of trucking accidents. Once these causes are understood, we can create safer roadways and highways and ensure that negligent parties in trucking accidents are held accountable for their actions.
The Krist Law Firm, P.C. has created a list of the top 10 causes of trucking accidents so that you can familiarize yourself with why and how these devastating accidents occur. If you’re suffering from an injury or have lost a loved one because of a trucking accident, contact our Houston trucking accident lawyers by calling (281) 283-8500.
Poorly Maintained or Broken Trucks
Trucking companies and their drivers must ensure that their trucks are properly maintained. They are required to inspect their trucks for issues and make repairs whenever necessary. All truck components including tires, brakes, axles, lights, reflectors, must be in good working order at all times.
Improperly Loaded Trucks
Trucks that are not loaded properly may swerve out of control or tip over. Additionally, improperly loaded trucks can lead to cargo falling off the vehicle and into traffic. Overloaded trucks can also affect a truck’s steering and performance, causing tires to blow out.
Although speeding may seem like it’s not a big deal, it can lead to serious trucking accidents. Large trucks need more time than other vehicles to stop. When they are speeding and do not have enough time to stop safely, speeding trucks may cause a crash.
Fatigued Truck Drivers
Truck drivers often travel hundreds of miles each day. Their long work hours may lead to driver fatigue and cause an accident. Therefore, truck drivers are required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to take breaks every eight hours, and refrain from driving more than 11 hours in a 24-hour time period.
Drunk or Impaired Truck Drivers
Sadly, many truck drivers turn to drugs or alcohol to try and stay awake or relax while they are behind the wheel. While truck drivers must take substance abuse screening tests when they get hired and undergo regular testing throughout the course of their employment, they may still cause an accident because they are drunk or impaired by the influence of drugs.
Inexperienced Truck Drivers
In order to operate a commercial truck, truck drivers are required to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Trucking companies are also obligated to make sure their drivers are completely trained and understand all trucking rules and regulations.
Distracted Truck Drivers
Sometimes truck drivers get bored while on the road and distract themselves by talking on the phone, texting, eating, surfing the internet, or browsing social media. When this happens, they engage in distracted driving and often cause accidents.
Other Vehicles Driving in Truck Blind Spots
Trucks feature four large blind spots. Although they do have mirrors and cameras to make it easier for truck drivers to see the vehicles around them, truck drivers may still fail to see a vehicle in their blind spot cause an accident as a result. Other vehicles should always try to avoid driving in truck blind spots and make themselves as visible as possible to truck drivers.
Other Vehicles Neglecting Braking Distance
Due to their size and weight, it takes more time for truck drivers than drivers of sedans, SUVs, and other vehicles to stop. When other vehicles fail to give a truck driver enough braking distance, a collision may occur.
Other Vehicles Quickly Driving in Front of Trucks
Because trucks take a longer time to slow down than other vehicles, drivers who quickly drive in front of a truck and do not give them enough time to slow down may cause an accident.
Contact Our Houston Trucking Accident Attorneys
Trucking companies, truck drivers, and other drivers can all cause serious trucking accidents. If you are injured or lose someone you love in a trucking accident that was the result of another party’s negligence, contact the Houston trucking accident attorneys of The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at (281) 283-8500. We may be able to recover compensation on your behalf in a truck accident lawsuit.