Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
Responsible for thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries every year, semi-truck and other trucking accidents result from a variety of different causes. As someone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a collision with a commercial truck, it is critical that you hire an experienced attorney who can investigate the cause of the accident and help you pursue a claim for maximum financial compensation.
At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we have successfully represented clients in truck accidents cases and other matters involving in excess of $1 billion. When you contact us about your semi-truck accident, we will quickly investigate to determine the cause, and then we will take legal action against all of the parties that are responsible for your injuries or loss. Our long record of success is a testament to our attorneys’ aggressive negotiation strategies and their willingness to fight for justice at trial.
10 Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a semi-truck accident resulting from any of the following causes, we urge you to contact us promptly so that we can demand maximum compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other losses:
- Aggressive Driving – Forms of aggressive driving include speeding, following too closely (tailgating), and weaving in and out of traffic.
- Distracted Driving – Distracted driving has become a leading cause of vehicle collisions, including semi-truck accidents. Truck drivers who are navigating with maps or GPS, eating or drinking, or using their phones are far more likely to cause serious accidents.
- Driving Under the Influence – Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs is a major issue as well. Alcohol consumption, prescription drug abuse and use of over-the-counter sleep medications are particularly prevalent among commercial truck drivers.
- Driving While Fatigued – Severe fatigue can have many of the same effects as alcohol consumption. Fatigued truck drivers and drivers who are asleep behind the wheel cause numerous accidents every year.
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Violations – Due to their extreme size and limited maneuverability, semi-trucks are subject to stringent federal safety regulations. Truckers and trucking companies who violate these regulations put passenger vehicle occupants at risk for life-threatening injuries.
- Inadequate Truck Maintenance – Like all vehicles, semi-trucks need to be properly maintained. Lack of routine maintenance and faulty service work can lead to on-the-road accidents as well.
- Negligent Truck Driving – Along with aggressive, distracted, drunk and fatigued driving, other forms of truck driver negligence include changing lanes without looking, ignoring traffic signals and braking suddenly (which can cause semi-trucks to jackknife).
- Road Defects – Potholes, sinkholes, low shoulders and other road defects can all contribute to causing semi-truck accidents.
- Unsecured or Unbalanced Cargo – Shifting cargo loads can cause semi-truck drivers to lose control, while loose cargo can fall onto the road and create extreme dangers for other motorists.
- Vehicle Defects – Faulty brakes, tires and other components (in semi-trucks and passenger vehicles) frequently play a role in serious collisions. If your accident was the result of a vehicle defect, our attorneys may be able to seek compensation from multiple commercial parties.
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