Truck Accident Attorney
Causes of Truck Accidents
Every truck accident is different and requires a thorough investigation
to determine the cause behind it. However, there are certain common factors
in many truck accidents in the country. In each truck accident, it must
be determined who is at fault and therefore liable for damages. In some
cases, there can be more than one cause to a single accident. It is extremely
critical to seek the help of a high quality
truck accident attorney who can ensure the proper investigations are done if needed, and is able
to inform the jury in a compelling manner should the case go to trial.
At The Doan Law Firm, P.C., we are prepared to aggressively pursue fair
compensation for damages for our clients in truck accident cases.
According to studies that have been conducted by federal highway safety
agencies and other investigators of accidents involving large tractor-trailer
trucks, the following have been identified as major contributing factors
in accidents in which an 18-wheeler was involved.
While there can be many causes of truck accidents, where truck driver or company
negligence is involved, the accident may have included the following causes:
Driver fatigue and driver error
Tractor-trailer drivers are often on the road for days at a time and sleep
is often not a priority when your job is on the line if you are late with
a delivery. Even under the best of circumstances, drivers wind up trying
to rest inside sleeper compartments of their trucks which are parked inside
busy truck stops.
As is the case with any other driver, long distance truck drivers are prone
to have slower reaction times and will have difficulty making split-second
decisions. When confronted with having to drive in areas of high density
traffic it is not surprising that many truck accidents occur during rush
In addition to fatigue, over the road drivers can be subject to any number
of distractions while maneuvering in and out of traffic. With the use
of electronic trip logging and other communications technologies, distracted
drivers may well become a leading factor in trucking accidents in the
next few years.
Of all the components or systems on a big rig that are prone to sudden
malfunction or failure, tire problems can be the most dramatic. Tire failures
can cause a driver to lose control of his vehicle or ignite a fire under
a trailer that could be filled with flammable cargo.
Due to the heavy loads that are carried on big rigs, regular mechanical
brakes would become useless after less than a dozen stops and starts.
After tires, brakes are the second-most common point of failure on an
18-wheeler and brake failure represents a major cause of trucking accidents,
particularly in the western states where steep road grades are common.
Drivers of tractor-trailer rigs depend on the “running” lights
of their trucks and trailers to seen by other drivers and to communicate
their intentions to turn or change lanes with enough notice that other
vehicle drivers can safely plan to make their own movements, Failure of
the electrical system on 18-wheelers van not only disable vehicle lighting
but can also shut down others safety features such as carbon monoxide
detectors or alarm systems that alert the driver to possible tampering
with the security systems that control access to their cargo areas.
Hazardous materials in cargo
There are numerous federal and state regulations that supposedly control
what types of potentially hazardous materials may be transported in what
types of vehicles. Even when these regulations are strictly followed,
there will always be the chance that such materials will still result
in a spill or accident.
The drivers are under extreme pressure to be on time, often receiving bonus
amounts if they do arrive early or on time. This can contribute to drug
use to stay alert, fatigue, and other hazardous conditions. The trucking
industry is regulated by certain laws to deter these conditions, and if
found to be the case, the driver or company will most likely be seen as
negligent in the eyes of the law.
Commercial trucking firm negligence
Trucking firms have a legal duty to screen the drivers and make sure certain
regulations are being followed. If these regulations are violated, the
trucking firm may be assigned liability in the case.
- Defective equipment or failure to operate equipment
This may include a number of issues and involves the driver of the truck
or manufacturing company. In example, defective equipment can include
defective tires which contributed to the accident. Driver failure to operate
equipment may also result in a devastating truck accident.
No matter the causes behind an accident involving an 18-wheeler, such accidents
are some of the most violent events that a professional accident investigator
will encounter. As with other accidents where sudden deceleration and
crush forces are encountered, reconstructing a big rig accident can be
a challenge where one miscalculation can result in a large error in the
final results of a reconstruction.
Those who have been injured in an accident involving a big rig and are
considering a lawsuit against the trucking company that was involved,
or who have had a family member injured or even killed in such an accident,
are encouraged to contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss the facts
of your potential case and to review your available legal options to receive
compensation for your losses.
After an accident involving one of their tractor-trailer units trucking
companies, and their insurance carriers, have only one goal: to limit
the amount of money that they will lose when they settle a claim. If an
insurance company is offering you what seems to be a generous settlement,
you can be sure that they know that the real settlement value of your
claim is much higher and that they are hoping that you aren’t being
represented by a personal injury attorney.
Remember, the only way to protect your legal right to compensation for
the injuries that you suffered in an 18-wheeler accident is to retain
the services of a trucking accident attorney to manage your case!
Contact a truck accident attorney (800) 349-0000
from The Doan Law Firm, P.C. as soon as possible after the injury accident.
We fight aggressively on behalf of truck accident victims.