10 Most Common Causes of Trucking Accidents

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Commercial truck accidents are a serious problem in the United States. Every year, thousands of people are injured or killed in truck accidents. This blog post will discuss the ten most common causes of trucking accidents. We will also explain how Payne Law Firm can help you if you have been injured in a truck accident.

Fatigue

Truck drivers often work long hours and may not get enough sleep. This can lead to fatigue, making it difficult for drivers to stay alert and focused on the road. If a driver is tired, they may make mistakes that can cause an accident.

Driving While Intoxicated

Driving while intoxicated is a severe problem in the trucking industry. Truck drivers may drink alcohol or use drugs to stay awake on long trips. This can make them a danger to themselves and others on the road.

Speeding

Speeding is one of the most common causes of accidents, and it is especially dangerous when large trucks are involved. When a truck is speeding, it takes longer to stop, and it is more likely to lose control.

Distracted Driving

Truck drivers can be distracted by cell phones, GPS devices, and other passengers in the cab.

Reckless Driving

Some truck drivers drive recklessly, and this can lead to accidents. Reckless driving includes tailgating, making unsafe lane changes, and weaving in and out traffic.

Improper Vehicle Maintenance

If a truck is not properly maintained, it may have mechanical problems that can cause an accident. For example, if a truck has bad brakes, it may not be able to stop in time to avoid an accident.

Poor Cargo Loading

A poorly loaded truck can tip over or fall into the road at high speeds due to poor cargo loading. The driver is sometimes responsible for loading the cargo, but sometimes a trucking company or a third party is. The driver should at least check the cargo, however.

Unrealistic Time Constraints

Some trucking companies put tremendous pressure on drivers to move cargo quickly to maximize their profits. Drivers who respond to this pressure by driving too fast are partly responsible for any resulting accidents. However, the trucking company may also be liable in a significant way.

Weather Conditions

Bad weather can make it difficult for any driver to stay safe on the road, but it can be especially dangerous for trucks. High winds can cause a truck to tip over, and snow and ice can make it difficult to stop or even to stay in the lane.

Poor Driver Training

Training is the trainer's responsibility rather than the trainee's, so poor training isn't typically the cause of truck accidents. An ill-trained driver might not even be aware of their lack of skills.

Payne Law Firm Can Help You with Your Truck Accident Case

If you have been injured in a truck accident, Payne Law Firm can help you. We will investigate the accident, gather evidence, and build a strong case on your behalf. We will also negotiate with the insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced truck accident attorneys.

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