Risks of 18-Wheeler Accidents

Truck accidents are some of the most serious accidents to occur on the roadways across Texas and the rest of the United States. Some 300,000 truck accidents will happen each year, killing about 5,000 people and injuring many more. Truck accidents are serious in nature due to the massive size of these commercial vehicles as compared to much smaller passenger vehicles.

Truck accidents can occur due to a number of factors. Understanding the causes of truck accidents, their triggers and risks can help you to stay safe while navigating the roadways along size large 18-wheelers.

Common Causes, Triggers, and Risks Associated with 18-Wheeler Accidents

Truck accidents are often due to negligence on the part of the truck driver.  Liability will extend to the trucking company or the truck manufacturer in some cases as well.  Common causes of truck accidents include:

Driver fatigue: All truckers must abide by federal and state hours of service requirements set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and those of the applicable state department of transportation.

  • These regulations dictate how many hours of sleep a truck driver must observe before getting back behind the wheel, as well as rest stop requirements.
  • However, due to economic incentives and tight deadline pressures, many truckers will exceed these maximum requirements.  This can result in driver fatigue and serious accidents.

Distracted driving: Truckers spend countless hours on the road, and all of that road time may lead drivers to engage in dangerous distracted behavior.

  • It is illegal for truckers to text while driving, yet many do so anyway.
  • Other distractions include:
    • Eating or drinking behind the wheel
    • Emailing
      Reading
    • Engaging in personal grooming
  • Drivers that engage in this behavior can be held accountable for the damages that ensue.

Driver inexperience or lack of sufficient training: All trucking companies must ensure their drivers have a sufficient amount of training to safely take to the roads.

  • Overlooking crucial training time can lead to careless accidents and devastating injuries, bringing liability to the employer.

Mechanical failure: Federal and state regulations also govern the maintenance of trucks.

  • Failure to regularly inspect and maintain the vehicle can result in serious accidents.
  • The trucking company, the truck driver, or the manufacturer could all be held accountable when parts on a commercial truck fail, leading to an accident.

Speeding: Exceeding the speed limit is not just dangerous, but can be deadly; particularly when an 18 wheeler is involved.

  • Numerous studies have shown that speeding is one of the most common causes of truck accidents nationwide.
  • The black box within the truck that caused your injuries will offer vital information as to the speed at which the truck was traveling when the accident occurred.
    • This will be strong evidence of the negligence, and thereby fault, of the truck driver.

Zinda Law Group: Texas Truck Accident Attorneys of Distinction

Truck accidents are caused by a variety of circumstances, but negligence on the part of the truck driver, trucking company, or manufacturer, is most often a factor in the accident.  If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, the Truck Accident Attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help you to attain full compensation for your damages stemming from the accident.

We offer a free consultation to new clients and have office locations in Austin and across Texas.  Call Zinda Law Group toll free at (800) 863-5312 to start us fighting for your full recovery.

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