Causes of Truck Accidents
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According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were more than 393,000 large truck crashes in 2007 alone. These accidents, given the size of the vehicles involved, are often catastrophic and frequently result in severe injury or death.
There are a number of causes for large truck accidents, including but not limited to:
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Defective truck parts
- Truck driver fatigue
- Poor truck maintenance
- Tire blowouts
- Substance abuse
- Distracted driving
Whether a commercial tractor-trailer accident was caused by a defective auto part or the negligence and carelessness of truck drivers or trucking companies, our legal team places an emphasis on determining what precisely caused a crash. With this information, we are better equipped to establish fault and liability – and recover the compensation victims and families deserve.
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More Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Improperly loaded trucks pose serious threats on the roadway. Trucks carrying too much weight can be dangerously slow going uphill, pick up excessive amounts of speed going downhill, stress brakes to the point of failure, cause the truck to tip over more easily, and put unnecessary and dangerous stress on roadways and bridges. Other factors in the maintenance or loading of trucks can also lead to accidents.
We have all seen shredded tires lying on the sides and medians of roads and highways. Many of these are semi-truck tires, which can explode with incredible force. Tires can blow out for many reasons, including defective installation, improper airing, and deterioration over time (usually with spares). Sometimes even the wrong kind of tires were put on the truck, leading to a blowout. Blown tires can easily lead to large trucks tipping and rolling over.
Since many companies use refurbished parts in order to save money, some trucks are not equipped with the safest or most reliable parts, leading to equipment failure on the road and severe accidents. Common defective parts that contribute to fatal truck accidents include brakes, tires, hitches and safety straps, tie-downs, and underride bars.
A roadway can deteriorate over time as a result of poor construction, improper use or overuse, poor maintenance, and natural factors such as weather. These deteriorations can lead to potholes, sediments or liquids on the road surface, uneven shoulders and medians, excess debris, and inadequate or incorrect warning signs and signals.
Sometimes roads are poorly designed, with inadequate or poorly placed turning lanes, blind intersections, or other factors. If dangerous or defective roadways contributed to an accident, those responsible for maintaining the road may be at fault for the accident.
Driver error is a major factor in a large number of accidents involving trucks, whether it takes the form of distracted driving, tired driving, driving under the influence, or other forms of carelessness. Our attorneys also explore the role driver error may have played in a collision.
Let Experienced Trial Lawyers Review Your Case
Establishing the underlying cause of a truck accident is essential to proving that a truck driver and / or trucking company can be held liable for a victim’s damages. Because there are numerous potential causes of tractor-trailer accidents, hundreds of federal trucking laws in place, and because trucking companies are highly defensive against claims, establishing clear and convincing evidence of fault is a matter to be handled by seasoned attorneys.
Our firm has worked on many truck accident cases throughout the years, and we have honed the investigative and litigation skills needed to effectively present fault, negligence, and liability. We deliver personal attention and strive to create custom legal strategies, and our efforts are always geared toward fighting for our clients and obtaining the maximum compensation possible.
If you would like to work with attorneys who have more than 90 years of collective legal experience, extensive resources, and a passion for guiding victims and families through difficult times, you need to work with our firm. Allow our legal team to evaluate your case, inform you of your rights, and explain how we can help. Contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. to schedule a FREE case evaluation.