Causes of Large Truck Accidents
Large truck accidents can be caused by a multitude of things, whether it is due to negligence, mechanical failure, conscious disregard of regulations, and/or bad weather and road conditions. These accidents may have regrettably caused you to receive serious injuries and emotional trauma.
One common cause is negligence. Examples of negligence include the following:
- Inattentive drivers or drivers who fall asleep at the wheel
- Inability to brake in time to avoid accident due to aggressive driving
- Drivers overlooking various warning signs or disregarding the speed limit of an area
- Drivers driving while intoxicated
Another common cause is when there is a vehicle defect. Manufacturers need to be accountable in providing safe vehicles that meet all safety codes and regulations of the State. Operators of the truck should also periodically check to see if maintenance is required to avoid any unnecessary accidents.
These defects may include, but are not limited to:
- Brake failure
- Flat tire
- Signal light malfunction
- Negligent maintenance and/or repair of trucks and equipment
Conscious Disregard of Regulations
There are various federal regulations in place for trucks. According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), trucks have regulations on the length, width, and weight of the vehicle. It is also required that truck drivers undergo a truck driving test to ensure that they are qualified and capable of driving such a massive vehicle. Also, if commercial truck driver is pressured to deliver a truck’s contents by a certain time, it may cause the driver to drive recklessly and speedily.
Weather and Road Conditions
Lastly, additional causes of these collisions are weather and/or road conditions. This includes:
- Bad weather (rain, snow, or hail) limits a driver’s vision or may cause the heavy truck to slide
- Uneven or bumpy roads
- Presence of debris on the road
If you or a loved one has suffered a truck accident, please contact our lawyers for a free, personal, and confidential consultation. You can contact the Law Offices of Michael Cordova at (602) 265-6700.