The sheer size, weight, and complexity of commercial trucks means that several factors can contribute to an accident involving other drivers. If you or someone you love has been involved in a trucking accident, the team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau can help determine if it was the result of another party's negligence or carelessness. We are well-versed in the various causes of trucking accidents at our Daytona, FL, law practice, and this knowledge helps us to better serve our clients. To discuss your case in detail, contact our firm today and schedule a consultation.
Common causes of Accidents
Since commercial truck drivers have a professional obligation to abide by industry, state, and federal regulations, they are held to a higher level of responsibility than everyday motorists. As a result, determining fault in cases of a trucking accident is extremely important. Trucking accidents are often the result of:
Driving a commercial truck involves a great deal of responsibility, as their weight and size pose significant risks to other motorists. If a truck driver does not receive proper training to safely operate a commercial truck, it can result in a vehicle collision that could have been prevented.
Improper Vehicle Maintenance
It is imperative that a commercial truck undergoes proper maintenance. If an overly worn tire blows out, for example, it can pose a significant risk to other motorists. Additionally, brakes that are not replaced on schedule can result in longer stopping distances. Since trucks already require significant room to slow and maneuver, improper vehicle maintenance can be deadly.
Fatigue or Sleep Deprivation
Many long-haul truckers will attempt to drive great distances in the shortest time possible in order to deliver their cargo early. This poses a significant danger to other drivers, which is why there are state and federal regulations outlining how many hours a truck driver can drive in a day. Still, some drivers try to bypass these rules and drive while sleep-deprived and fatigued.
Improperly or Overloaded Cargo
If a truck or trailer is overloaded or improperly loaded, it can increase stopping distance significantly, exceed the design tolerances of the vehicle, and result in an unsafe center of gravity, among other concerns. Crashes resulting from overloading or improperly loading a truck include roll-overs, rear-end collisions, or loss of control due to excessive speed.
Negligence or Inattentiveness
Despite their significant responsibility, many truck drivers fail to demonstrate due diligence that is required of the job, which can lead to catastrophic injuries and death. Trucks cannot maneuver, accelerate, or slow down like a car, so a lapse in concentration for only a moment can cause a major accident.
Explore your legal options
At Chanfrau & Chanfrau, we have witnessed the devastating impact trucking accidents can have on a family. If you or someone you love was involved in a trucking accident, our team of attorneys can see that your rights are protected and help you receive proper compensation. To schedule a consultation with a member of our firm, contact our practice today.