How Do Truck Accidents Happen?
Some of the common causes of truck accidents include the following:
Truck driver carelessness — Some drivers operate laptop computers or other hand-held devices or even watch videos while driving. Others are simply careless when passing, turning or changing lanes.
Overloaded trucks and unstable cargo — This can result in a jackknife accident, brake failure or cause a truck to roll over on a freeway off ramp. Loose cargo can also spill out of an open truck and onto the road.
Inadequate truck maintenance — Trucking companies may fail to keep their vehicles in top running condition. Drivers are required to inspect their tires daily and conduct periodic brake checks, but they may fail to do so.
Defective truck components — A tire, brakes or another critical truck component can fail due to defects in design or manufacture.
The Importance Of Investigation
In a big rig truck accident case, there are many resources that can reveal clues as to what really happened to cause the accident. Most over-the-road trucks carry GPS-monitored black boxes that record the speed and location of the vehicle. Federal law requires drivers to maintain logbooks noting the time driven and rest periods (though some drivers do enter false information). Trucking companies keep maintenance and repair records, though again, these can be altered or destroyed in the event of an accident.
When representing you, our law firm will act quickly to initiate legal action and preserve important evidence. We will retain the services of an experienced accident reconstruction professional who will visit the accident scene and collect other information vital to your case.
Truck Driver Fatigue Causes Accidents
Causes Of Truck Driver Fatigue
When it comes to truck driver fatigue, the issue of long-haul truck driver compensation is at the heart of the problem. Almost all over-the-road truck drivers are paid in one of two ways — on a per mile basis or on a flat-fee, per load basis. Both of these compensation schemes provide drivers with a strong incentive to drive fast and for long periods of time.
Truck drivers may skip their required rest periods or drive for longer periods than federal regulations allow. They may also use over-the-counter or illegal stimulants to stay awake, but these may only serve to slow reaction times and result in a sudden loss of alertness when the medication wears off. Some truck drivers operate in teams — one drives while the other gets some fitful sleep in the cab’s bunk. But studies show that a person is not fully awake for at least 20 minutes after rising.