2 common causes of a trucking accident

On Behalf of | Jul 17, 2022 | Truck Accidents |

Trucking driving isn’t an easy job despite what movies and shows make it out to be. The job is often mentally and physically draining, which can lead to dangers on the road.

You may be wondering what type of dangers can truck drivers cause on the road? Here’s what you should know:

1. Health problems for truckers

Trucking is often an isolated job that requires long working hours of non-stop driving. This may mean a trucker will occasionally get a quick high-calorie, high-sugar meal and only rest for very short durations. All of this added up can lead to mental and physical health issues.

Truckers may experience obesity or high blood pressure because of fast food and the little time to exercise. Anxiety and drowsiness may result from sleep deprivation. While isolation can cause truckers severe depression

2. Poor vehicle maintenance

But even if a trucker is experiencing extreme forms of health issues, it may not be the only cause of an accident. Vehicle maintenance can be difficult for truckers to accomplish – and nearly impossible if the company they work for wants to cut corners and push a vehicle to its limits.

Truck maintenance shops may also fail to notice key issues on a truck that might cause it to malfunction on the road. Mechanics may overlook or dismiss problems with breaks, wheels or headlights on a truck. 

Finding the responsible party for your accident 

It can be hard to figure out who exactly is at fault for a trucking accident – but not impossible. If a trucker was distracted, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or merged without looking then they may be responsible for your injuries. On the other hand, improper or neglected vehicle maintenance could have been the fault of the company that hired the trucker. 

If you’re unsure what to do after being in a vehicle accident then you may need to seek legal help. Knowing who caused your injuries may help when looking to recover from medical bills and losses.