Trucks can cause serious damage to smaller passenger cars. Due to their size and weight, trucks are more likely to cause or get involved in accidents that result in serious injuries.
Aside from the size and weight, drivers in big rig tractor-trailers or semitrucks ride high up in the cab, while drivers of other vehicles ride much lower to the ground, so underride accidents are another hazard.
But, what causes truck accidents in the first place?
Here are some of the common causes of truck accidents
Drugs or alcohol use: Driving any vehicle, especially heavy trucks while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is potentially dangerous not only to the driver but also to other motorists and pedestrians.
- Fatigue: There are hours of service regulations that state how long a driver is allowed to be in the driver’s seat. However, these rules are often broken, especially when a driver works under pressure. This leads to driver fatigue, posing a great danger on the road.
- Impractical working schedules: Sometimes, companies impose great pressure on their drivers when they are expected to transport more cargo within an inconsiderable amount of time. This can force the driver to speed dangerously, increasing the chances of getting into an accident.
- Poor maintenance: In cases where trucks are poorly maintained, the probability of a malfunction is increased considerably, which can lead to a serious accident.
- Defective vehicle equipment: Vehicle malfunctions such as trailer axle breakdown can significantly increase the chances of a serious accident.
- Not following traffic rules and regulations: Traffic signs and regulations, such as stop signs and speed limits, are imposed on the road for a reason. Failures to follow basic traffic rules are a major cause of wrecks.
With the many potential causes of truck accidents, you may not easily determine the cause of your accident. However, after a serious accident involving a truck, it’s wise to seek legal assistance to help you determine the best approach for your case.