Most trucking accidents are usually devastating. When an 18-wheeler collides with an average-sized car, the outcome can be catastrophic to the car’s occupants. In fact, statistics show that accidents that involve large trucks claim approximately 5,000 lives each year. So how do these accidents happen?
Multiple factors contribute to trucking accidents. Here are some of the most common causes:
Whether you are driving a 24-wheeler or a Mini Cooper, driving requires a great deal of focus and awareness of your surroundings. Unfortunately, to err is human. Driver errors can be made by anyone, and the outcome can be devastating no matter the size of the vehicles involved. Some of the driver errors that can lead to trucking accidents include:
- Driving under the influence
- Fatigue driving
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
Poor truck maintenance
Large trucks require a considerable deal of maintenance to run safely. Besides, both state and federal regulations require trucks to be properly maintained to function as they should. This includes maintaining the brakes, tires, lights, steering and windshield. Additionally, it is important that the trucking company keeps the vehicle’s maintenance record.
Improper cargo loading
Improper loading of the cargo may seem like it should fall under driver error. However, this is not always the case. The truck’s driver, vendor, owner as well as warehouse operators may all have something to do with improper loading. That said, improperly loaded cargo can pose a serious threat to both the truck as well as other road users.
Accidents happen when they are least expected. If you are involved in a trucking accident that is not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.