According to a U.S. Department of Transportation study that examined the causes of truck accidents throughout the country, four of the most common errors found in accidents involving large commercial trucks are driver fatigue, brake problems, driving too fast for conditions and performance errors. No matter the reason for the accident, a Naples truck accident attorney knows that being involved in a crash with a large commercial vehicle can be devastating for all involved.
Truck companies and their drivers are subject to a number of requirements that are provided to ensure not only the trucker driver’s safety, but also the safety of other drivers on the road. That said, truck accident victims are advised to learn as much as possible about what leads to truck accidents so they will have a better appreciation of their rights under the law after an accident occurs.
The Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Commercial truckers are usually highly-trained, very skilled individuals. Still, there are a number of factors that can lead to even the most careful truckers having accidents with automobiles that share the road. The DOT noted in its study that approximately 32 percent of truck accidents were caused by the truck driver’s failure to stay within his or her lane, while 23 percent of accidents involving truckers were due to driver inattentiveness.
Studies have also revealed that some truck drivers have not been properly trained with respect to the use of various driving techniques, defensive driving and overall safety. Statistics show that 22 percent of truck accidents are caused by the driver’s failure to yield and/or driving too fast for road conditions, while 10 percent of accidents were due to drivers falling asleep or operating their trucks while drowsy. The study also noted that a small percentage (3 percent) of accidents involving commercial trucks occur because of cell phone usage.
Other Issues That Lead to Accidents
Malfunctioning equipment can also lead to trucking accidents. Equipment malfunctions can occur because of faulty parts or they can simply be the result of poor maintenance and inadequate inspections, especially with regard to tires and brakes. Additionally, when a truck carrying freight is improperly loaded, the weight distribution will be off, which could have an adverse affect on the driver’s ability to maneuver the truck.
So, How Can You Avoid Being Involved in an Accident With a Commercial Vehicle?
Drivers of smaller motor vehicles are encouraged to leave more space between themselves and large trucks where possible. Also, keep in mind that if you cannot see the trucker’s side-view mirrors, the driver cannot see you. Always remember to use proper passing procedures and do not cut truckers off. Remember that trucks cannot stop as quickly as automobiles.
Determining what caused a truck accident can be difficult for an accident victim to do without assistance from a skilled attorney. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a truck accident, contact Ryan Kuhl at The Kelleher Firm to discuss your rights and legal options.