Understanding the Potential Causes of Truck Accidents
We see plenty of commercial trucks on the highways all of the time when traveling. They’re transporting various goods and products across the nation. However, as helpful as they are, when negligence exists, there are various dangers that can be present.
Far too often, truck drivers and trucking companies fail to consider the safety of others on the road with hopes of making deadlines and increasing their profits. Instead, individuals act in negligence and there are a number of causes of crashes that can hurt the victims in smaller passenger vehicles.
Not everyone understands what dangers exist and what can cause serious truck crashes. Knowing the causes can help injury victims understand who may be considered liable and what rights and options victims may have.
Hours of Service Regulations Violations
Hours of Service regulations are put into place to protect the drivers of the trucks, as well as others on the road. These regulations limit the amount of time an individual can operate the truck consecutively before they need to take a break.
Part of this means the driver must log when they go on and off duty and take the proper amount of break time. This keeps the drivers from being too tired, which if they are fatigued, they could cause serious injuries.
Some companies push drivers to work beyond the Hours of Service regulations if it means protecting their deadlines and helping out their own profits. This could make both the driver and the company negligent.
Distracted, Drunk, or Drugged Driving
When a driver is using their cell phone or is under the influence while operating their large commercial trucks, they can easily lose control of their vehicle. This can lead to a serious crash with another vehicle on the road.
Truck drivers are prohibited from driving under the influence or distracted by the use of their cell phones.
Failure to Maintain
Trucking companies must ensure that their trucks are properly maintained and that there is nothing wrong with them prior to leaving the warehouse. This means making sure that brakes and the engine are working properly, the tow hitch and tires are good, and that other parts of the truck are working properly.
When trucks are allowed to go out of the warehouse and on the roads without proper maintenance, there is a large potential for serious accidents because brakes can fail or the tow hitch can break. It is a very dangerous situation.
Improperly Loaded Trailers
Trailers are supposed to be properly loaded in order to meet the weight restrictions allowable on the road. In many situations, individuals responsible for loading the trucks are negligent in this act, often overloading the truck or loading it where weight is distributed improperly.
Overloaded trucks or trucks with more weight in one area can make it easy to overturn, potentially causing damage to the truck driver and other drivers on the road. This may make the employee responsible for any injuries that may have occurred as a result.
At Hardee & Hardee, LLP, our Greenville truck accident attorneys have a strong and committed dedication to protecting the rights of those who have been seriously injured. We utilize more than 50 years of combined experience in the representation of our clients’ rights.
We work hard to help determine who may be considered liable in your accident and show the evidence necessary to seek the compensation you need and deserve. You shouldn’t have to suffer from the negligence of another.
If you’ve been injured, our firm is here to help. We work to seek the most favorable results possible for our clients so they can move forward without concern of what comes next.
Call our firm today at (252) 966-0044 and learn what rights and options you may have to seek compensation and seek justice.