Perhaps the most feared of traffic accidents, truck accidents are serious matters in which victims risk losing limbs or in the worst of instances, their lives. Per the Department of Transportation, there are approximately 500,000 truck accidents each year, and for the vast majority of these accidents –88% — truck drivers are at fault.
Nearly 10% of traffic fatalities involve a truck, and most of these accidents cannot be partially explained away by inclement weather since they mostly occur during normal weather conditions. Rather, in most instances, truck accidents are the result of negligence, to some degree, on the part of truck drivers, who are often overtired and either fall asleep at the wheel or lose their ability to competently drive because of exhaustion. In such instances, fault can often be placed with the truck drivers as well as their employers, especially when said employers have policies that penalize drivers for taking regular naps to ensure safety because it may interfere with meeting delivery deadlines.
Truck accidents can occur in these types of driving situations:
A. Left Turns (blind spot problems)
B. Underrides (truck height)
C. Stopped Trucks (other trucks in the way)
D. Rear End Collisions (Usually onto passenger cars)
E. Improper Maneuvers
F. Cargo Shifts (When a vehicle is improperly loaded),
G. Truck Rollovers
H. Tire Blowout
I. Head-On truck collisions
J: T-Bone (upon changing lanes)
K: Lost Load (dropping shipments on the freeway)
Human error is also a contributor to truck accidents. Because truck drivers tend to work long shifts, a lot of possible issues can occur during trips. Common Truck driver related mistakes include:
- Excessive speed
- Driving in unsafe weather conditions
- Mechanical failure
- Driving with loads improperly secured.
- Spilled loads
- Aggressive driving to meet deadlines
- The driver leaves inadequate space between themselves and your vehicle
- Driver’s difficulty to locate you in their blind spot
Because truck accidents usually involve so much damage, we have more exhaustively in our research and handling of the case to advise you on the best plan of action.