Truck Accident

Causes of Truck Accidents

The government and truck companies are taking steps to reduce truck accidents, particularly with "big rigs," 18 wheelers, and semi-trucks. The government is better enforcing laws to make trucking safer and to reduce the risk of accidents, and trucking companies are increasing safety procedures, and providing training and awareness for their trucking staff.

There are now over fifteen million trucks on the roads in the United States, and in 2007, more than 101,000 people were injured in truck accidents. Why are there so many accidents? A few potential causes:
Speeding to make a tight deadline: With a vehicle weighing more than twenty-six thousand pounds, it is very difficult to stop even when driving the posted speeds.

Carrying heavier than normal loads: The heavier a truck is, the longer it takes to stop and the more damage it will do if it does hit something.

Lack of required maintenance: This can cause even the safest truck drivers to lose control and cause an accident when brakes stop working or suspension systems fail.

Lack of sleep: Most truckers are paid by the mile and want to squeeze in every inch before parking their truck. They push themselves too far and can fall asleep at the wheel. The U.S. Department of Transportation has mandated that commercial truck drivers may not drive more than 11 hours after 10 hours off duty - yet many truck drivers falsify their logbooks.

"Highway Hypnosis:" After traveling hundreds or even thousands of miles drivers can become somewhat hypnotized by the monotonous view and not notice what's happening on the road.

Hard to see blind spots: Most trucks' mirror systems do not allow the driver to see 100% of the area around it. Combine that with a loud engine preventing them from hearing car horns and it's not difficult for a driver to sideswipe a passing car.

Carelessness: Many truck drivers feel they own the road and think everyone should yield to them. This short-sighted mentality causes carelessness that can be fatal.

A car accident with a large truck is a serious matter and a unique and complex area of personal injury law. It is essential to consult an experienced truck accident lawyer to review your case and advocate for you against the trucking company. Do not attempt to negotiate with the trucking company yourself. Trucking companies are notorious for minimizing claims and will attempt to strong-arm you out of your legal rights and rightful compensation for your injuries. Contact the Rasansky Law Firm to speak with our truck accident lawyers about how we can help if you've been injured in a truck accident.

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