Commercial trucks, also called semis, tractor-trailers, or big-rigs, are beasts of the road. Anyone who shares the road with these vehicles must be cautious of potential hazards, such as blind spots and differences in how the vehicles handle. Even a seemingly small error can result in a catastrophic accident.
Truck accidents are different than regular car accidents as they often result in far worse injuries. Truck drivers and those sharing the road should be constantly aware of risk factors for truck accidents and should take steps to prevent these accidents from occurring.
Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents
To help drivers be aware and take appropriate steps to be safe, we offer a list of some of the most common causes of truck accidents:
· Distracted Driving: Truck drivers can easily be distracted by mobile devices, radios, eating, GPS devices, etc. Like any other driver, talking on the phone, texting, playing the radio, or even listening to music are all causes for taking your eyes off the road.
· Driver Fatigue: Truck drivers often work for long periods of time and are always under pressure to be on time to deliver their loads. The law sets a maximum limit of hours that commercial truck drivers can perform, however this is sometimes irresponsibly ignored. Without obeying the mandated sleep breaks, drivers are at risk of fatigue and even falling asleep while driving.
· Intoxication: For commercial truck drivers, the intoxication standards are much stricter than for other drivers, due to the large structures they drive. Truck drivers can also become intoxicated by consumption of prescription drugs or. stimulants. Over-the-counter medication should be used with caution, as it can cause impairment. It is important to always consult with a GP about the medication you have to take and if it is possible for you to continue driving.
· Inadequate Training: If truck drivers are not adequately trained in driving or maintenance, they are more likely to make mistakes. Not knowing how to handle poor weather conditions, driving too close, or over-correcting are common errors due to inadequate training. The lack of training is not the fault of the drivers, but of the transport companies that do not follow the necessary protocols before sending their drivers to the roads.
· Improper Loading: When loading up cargo, there are specific guidelines about the length, height, weight, and how the cargo is secured. Trucks can eventually get too heavy to steer safely, which could cause the truck to tip over. And if the load were to fall on the road at high speeds, it can become dangerous projectiles for the rest of the people sharing the road.
If you have been involved in an accident with a commercial truck, please reach out to us. We will help you to review your case and get the justice that you deserve.
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