There are many different causes of motor vehicle accidents, some of which are unique to truck accidents. Here are some of the most common causes of truck accidents and how to get help if you or a loved one were hurt in a collision with a truck.
Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents
The most frequently seen causes of collisions involving trucks include:
A mechanical failure can cause a truck to come to a sudden stop or to careen out of control. For example, if a truck’s brakes go out, they may rear-end the vehicle in front of them at a high speed.
An improperly loaded truck has poor weight distribution, which can make it difficult to operate safely. The trailer may sway side to side or the truck may jackknife during a turn.
Lack of Adequate Driver Training
Some trucking accidents are caused by drivers who haven’t been trained well enough to safely operate the truck in all conditions. An inexperienced driver may become intimidated in areas of construction, heavy traffic, or inclement weather.
Truck drivers spend long hours on the road, often alone. With the increase in technology over the past two decades, it’s easier than ever before for truckers to play games, watch TV, and talk with others while driving. Most of this is illegal, but many truckers disregard the law when it comes to distracted driving.
Driving While Fatigued
Trucking companies often pay by the mile instead of per hour, so truck drivers are only making money if they’re driving. This leads to fewer breaks and less sleep as drivers push themselves to earn as much as they can. A fatigued truck driver is nearly, if not as dangerous as an intoxicated one.
Trucks don’t handle as well as other vehicles in inclement weather due to their size and weight. It takes longer for them to speed up and come to a stop, and it’s easy for a driver to lose control of a truck and cause a collision when the roads are slick.
Sadly, some truckers drink on the job, causing unnecessary and often serious accidents with other vehicles.
When to Contact a Truck Accident Attorney
Don’t wait to reach out to an experienced Texas personal injury lawyer if you or a family member have been hurt in a truck accident. Contact Bevel Gould Personal Injury Lawyers today for a consultation at (214)-580-2555.