The 4 Most Common Reasons for a Truck Accident
Whether you're watching the news or on the road, some of the most horrific accidents that happen are because of a truck accident - usually because of commercial trucks. These are the 4 most common reasons for a truck accident.
Driver Is Fatigued
Long-haul truck drivers drive for long distances - longer distances and longer lengths of time than we spend on the average road trip. Supply chain demands and shipment due dates demand adherence to a strict schedule, even with all of the variables presented by traffic.
Long hours on the job and in isolation may cause fatigue, loss of concentration, a decrease in coordination and more. Sometimes, in order to increase profit margins, these drivers get very little sleep. Although government entities like OSHA enforce specific rules about truck driving hours on the clock, it's easy to fudge these numbers in order to increase profit margins. When push comes to shove, this can lead to disastrous consequences.
Drug and Alcohol Use
Alcohol has always been an issue when it comes to driving, but certain states like Colorado that have passed laws that allow legalization of marijuana are beginning to see more accidents happening because of drugs. Many truck drivers out there that have caused a truck accident have been found guilty of using drugs and/or alcohol while they are driving.
A truck accident can also be caused by prescription drugs when they're used improperly. Prescription drug addiction is a rising problem in the United States, and even when properly used, many drugs should not be mixed with driving.
We've all seen some crazy things while on the road. We often treat our cars like our own little homes, freely eating, texting, entertaining ourselves, or doing our hair despite the fact that we should be concentrating on the road. Truckers can also be guilty of this problem, especially during long-haul trips when they're in the cab for 6 hours or more at a time.
Speeding Over the Limit
While cars have their own speed limit, commercial trucks also have to follow speed limits set for commercial trucks - especially when it comes to hills, bridges, and sharp turns. Unfortunately, some truck drivers do not follow these laws.
This is one of the most common reasons for a truck accident - and the deadliest. Consider the weight: A car weighs around 45,000 lbs. A commercial 18 wheeler truck, on the other hand, weighs 80,000 lbs. This means that stopping time, turning radius, and the ability to course correct are all greatly compromised, which easily leads to severe accidents.
If you've been involved in a truck accident and you are seeking compensation for your injuries, contact Sloat & Nicholson at 1-800-873-3202. We offer free consultations so that you can determine whether your case is worth taking to court.