Trucking accidents occur for a number of reasons. Sometimes, the truck driver alone may be solely responsible for the accident. Other times, mechanical issues may lead to problems. It’s important to hold all negligent parties accountable for their actions. Doing so can help ensure that you recover the compensation you deserve. Here are four common causes of trucking accidents.
1. Driver fatigue
Federal law limits the amount of time drivers can spend on the road. However, drivers are often under tight deadlines and may try to make up for lost time. Few things are more dangerous than a fatigued driver. When that driver is controlling a massive piece of machinery at a high rate of speed, the results can be disastrous.
2. Distracted driving
Given tight delivery deadlines, many truck drivers are compelled to multitask. Eating, talking on the phone, texting, and checking a GPS device can all cause a driver to become distracted. It only takes a split second for an accident to occur when a driver has taken their eyes off the road.
3. Lack of skill or experience
We all know a driver’s license isn’t necessarily proof of a driver’s skill. It’s no different for truck drivers. A driver may not understand how to operate a vehicle safely in poor weather or when traveling down a steeply graded roadway. This lack of skill or experience can be harmful if not fatal to other drivers and their passengers.
4. Mechanical failures
Faulty equipment or negligent maintenance of a truck can lead to a catastrophe. Blown tires or loads that become untethered pose a significant threat to other vehicles. It’s crucial to get to the bottom of whether a mechanical issue caused or contributed to the accident.
Remember, a truck driver may not be the only liable party when a trucking accident occurs. The driver’s employer, mechanic, or the manufacturer of a faulty piece of equipment may all share in the liability. It’s important to hold all parties accountable to help send a message that safety matters on our roadways.