5 Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
Road accidents are always dangerous, but those involving big trucks are typically much worse. This is due to the much greater size and weight of a truck, which typically also carries large volumes of products or even chemicals as cargo. In the case of an 18-wheeler, the vehicle may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, which is many times heavier than a regular car.
It’s important to stay as safe as possible while sharing the road with massive trucks. Unfortunately, accidents are not always avoidable. Here are the five most common reasons that truck accidents occur.
Although truck drivers are required to undergo extensive training for their work, there are still many unfortunate mistakes that can happen. One of the most common is that the driver is overly tired due to the long hours they work. An accident can also occur if a trucker is under the influence of alcohol or drugs or even due to not knowing how to effectively use defensive driving techniques.
Poor Truck Maintenance
Commercial trucks are on the roads every single day and have a huge job to do. They also travel hundreds, even thousands, of miles, on a daily basis. As a result, they must be properly maintained at all times. Sadly, that doesn’t always happen, and it can easily lead to a road accident.
If the vehicle has problems like a worn-out brake pad or a cracked windshield, it can quickly lead to a very serious crash. The trucker has a responsibility to thoroughly check the truck prior to getting on the road at the start of their shift. If there are any problems, they must immediately report them as well.
Another common reason for truck accidents is equipment failure. If there are any defective parts or if the manufacturer was negligent during its production, it can lead to problems on the road, including serious accidents. The manufacturer, trucking company or mechanic could be held liable for the accident if they are found to have produced or manufactured defective components.
Bad weather can cause even the best drivers to have problems on the road. If a trucker lacks adequate training to drive in certain weather conditions like heavy rain, snow and ice, it can result in a disaster. It can lead to an accident if the driver is unable to drive more slowly and brake in time to avoid a crash. In inclement weather, it’s important that they drive at slower speeds to avoid issues with braking, which can lead to problems like skidding, hydroplaning and jackknifing.
Improper Cargo Loading
Finally, a truck accident commonly happens due to the cargo being improperly loaded. There are certain rules pertaining to the loading, weight, height, width, length and size, in general, and for securing that cargo. If something is not properly loaded, it can cause the contents to fall or even the truck to tip over, which can lead to a serious accident.
If you are in the San Antonio area and suffered an injury after an accident with a huge truck, you need the help of a personal injury attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Tyler and Peery at (210) 774-6445 to schedule your free consultation and discuss your case.