Being involved in a truck accident can be a scary and sometimes deadly encounter. It’s always a good idea to drive defensively around trucks on the highway. There are a number of factors which can contribute to commercial vehicle accidents. Let’s look at a few of them.
Perhaps the most common reason for a truck or commercial vehicle to collide with a car, bicycle, or person is simple human error. Often, that means the truck or commercial vehicle driver was negligent in some way. Perhaps he or she spent too much time on the road that day and exhaustion led to negligent driving, perhaps they were distracted by eating or on their phone. Truckers spend a lot of time on the road, so they inevitably try to cut corners to eat or text while driving.
Federal regulations limit the amount of time a truck driver is supposed to spend on the road per day, and require drivers to log their hours on the road. Drivers don’t always log their hours adequately, or logs can be falsified when drivers feel pressured to spend more hours on the road than they should. These kinds of facts may turn up when a truck accident is investigated, and can help with a claim for compensation.
Inexperienced or Improperly Trained Driver
Trucks or commercial vehicles often are oversized compared to personal vehicles, and drivers have to have commercial drivers licenses to operate many types of commercial vehicles. Trucks or commercial vehicles may be taller and/or longer than personal vehicles, which means they’re more challenging to handle. They may need more room to stop or to make turns. If a driver is new or didn’t receive adequate training in how to handle the truck or commercial vehicle, that inexperience may lead to collisions.
The owners and operators of some types of trucks and commercial vehicles are subject to regulations about how they must maintain their vehicles. Those regulations typically require maintenance to happen on a regular schedule, and for regular maintenance to be documented. When trucks or commercial vehicles are allowed to fall into disrepair, accidents may occur. Some common types of equipment malfunction that may cause collisions include:
- Improperly maintained safety equipment
- Faulty brakes
- Tire blowouts
Been In An Accident Involving A Commercial Vehicle?
If you’ve been injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle due to a trucker’s negligence, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our experienced attornies.
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