Causes of Truck Accidents
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It’s not unusual for drivers of passenger cars to feel uncomfortable when sharing the road with commercial trucks and other large vehicles. After all, when passenger vehicles and commercial trucks collide, it typically leads to catastrophic physical injuries and tragic fatalities. In fact, the driver of a passenger vehicle is killed in over 90% of all truck-related collisions. While this is largely due to the size and disproportionate weight difference of commercial motor vehicles, the actual cause of the collision is likely human error.
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Negligent Behaviors that Lead to Truck Accidents
The trucking industry is governed by stringent state and federal laws that function to protect all drivers. Truck drivers and trucking companies are expected to follow these laws and may face severe penalties if an act of negligence leads to someone’s death or physical harm.
Liable parties may include:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The leasing company
- The vehicle or parts manufacturer
- The truck’s maintenance provider/mechanic
Distracted driving is a leading cause of traffic collisions in the United States. Because truck drivers spend long and often excessive hours on the road, they are susceptible to distractions. However, since trucks grant drivers limited spatial awareness by design, any distractions can easily lead to unfortunate and devastating accidents.
Distracted driving behaviors include:
- Using a cell phone
- Typing an address into a GPS device
- Eating or drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Fiddling with a radio
Speeding & Aggressive Driving
Federal law mandates the number of hours that commercial drivers can be on the road; in fact, truckers are required to keep log books that document their total driving hours. However, truckers are often pressured to falsify their log books in order to meet difficult company deadlines, particularly when facing delays caused by poor weather or road conditions. As a result, drivers may be tempted to engage in risky behaviors like speeding, tailgating, and aggressive driving just to meet their deadlines.
Because drivers are under such strict deadlines, they often skip breaks and drive through the night. As a result, these sleep-deprived drivers may experience fatigue and have difficulty focusing on the road. When a truck driver’s awareness and concentration is compromised, it can often lead to an unfortunate accident.
Drug & Alcohol Abuse
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a dangerous practice for anyone operating a motor vehicle. However, when a trucker is responsible for skillfully navigating an 80,000-pound truck, consuming alcohol, prescription drugs, or illegal drugs may severely impact their concentration and overall driving ability placing other motorists at risk. Unfortunately, some truckers resort to taking various drugs to stay awake while driving, placing themselves and other drivers in danger.
Trucking Company Negligence
All trucking companies require their drivers to hold a valid commercial driver’s license. However, even though drivers pass the driving test, it doesn’t mean they received the appropriate training to actively drive such large vehicles safely. Trucking companies need to make sure their drivers are properly trained and certified before allowing them to travel the open road.
Poor Hiring Practices
Realistically, trucking companies should hire employees with clean criminal and driving records. Ideally, this includes rejecting applicants with a history of substance abuse and reckless driving behaviors.
In certain circumstances, a trucking company may be held liable for a truck collision if they knowingly hired an unsafe driver.
Trucking companies are responsible for ensuring the condition of their fleets by performing routine and preventative maintenance and running operational tests. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for companies to forgo their maintenance schedule if it means making more money. However, when trucking companies cut corners on maintenance, it may lead to severe mechanical issues like overheating radiators and brake problems.
In certain circumstances, the equipment manufacturers may be responsible for mechanical malfunctions. If a mechanic replaces an old or damaged mechanical component with a new, defective part, the truck may not operate safely. The unwitting truck driver may not be able to effectively control the vehicle and could experience a catastrophic accident.
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