December 27, 2019
Trucks are essential for the transportation of goods within the United States, but their size and weight often pose serious risks to other vehicles, bystanders, and property when they are involved in accidents. Though truck drivers have to follow strict training specifications and operating requirements, negligence by the driver or trucking company is the cause of many accidents. If an individual is injured in a trucking accident, he or she may seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents
The mistakes and errors of truckers and trucking companies are often amplified because of the sheer weight and size of large trucks. Negligence and recklessness in the trucking business can have disastrous effects on the life and property of others. In the investigations of trucking accidents that we do at the GC Law Firm, these are some of the most common causes that we have found:
Distracted driving: Despite new restrictions on using cell phones and texting while on the highway, many drivers are still distracted through talking on a cell phone, texting, communicating over two-way radio, and other distractions.
Driver fatigue: The maximum number of hours a truck driver can work during a week has been reduced recently from 82 to 70. Despite this, driver fatigue remains one of the foremost causes of trucking accidents.
Vehicle defects: We often see bald tires, defective brakes, missing reflectors, non-functional blinkers or headlights, and other problems that occur because of insufficient maintenance.
Alcohol or drug use: A BAC of 0.04% is the cut-off level for a commercial vehicle operator. In 2009, the last year this data was available, almost 3% of drivers in fatal truck crashes had alcohol in their blood.
Insufficient driver training: Trucks are difficult to drive, so drivers are required to undergo training and to receive a commercial drivers’ license (CDL). If companies or drivers do not have the required training, they may be held liable for injuries in accidents.
Unsafe driving: These violations include improper following, inattention to other vehicles, misjudging stopping distances, failing to yield right of way, driving in a manner unfit for the weather conditions, improper lane change, and others.
Load shifting: Trucks carry extremely heavy loads, and when they are not arranged properly they can shift, causing the truck to tip or lose control. When this leads to crashes, the driver or company may be held liable.
Trucking Accident Attorneys
Since insurance companies will spare no resources to minimize the amount of compensation they have to provide to victims, it is important to have an experienced advocate on your side. The GC Law Firm’s truck accident lawyers are skilled at litigating against insurance companies, and have a proven track record of collecting large settlements for their clients. If you are injured in a trucking accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages. Contact the GC Law Firm today to learn more.