Being involved in a semi truck accident is much different than being in an accident with another passenger vehicle. Not only do these commercial tractor trailers cause more serious injuries than passenger vehicle accidents, but any resulting personal injury claims can be much more complex.
Accidents involving trucks tend to occur on highways or in rural areas, with collision with another vehicle being one of the most common accident types. The following are 5 common causes of semi truck accidents in the U.S.:
Tractor trailer drivers can often travel hundreds or thousands of miles over a number of days. Although there are strict rules in place regulating how long drivers are permitted to drive without rest, many drivers don’t follow them because of pressures from their employers to deliver goods within a certain time frame. With little sleep, tractor trailer drivers can lose concentration while driving, or may even fall asleep behind the wheel.
Sometimes the cause of a semi truck accident is not the direct cause of driver neglect, but can be from improper loading of the trailer itself. Inexperienced loaders may load the trailer quickly, which results in improperly distributed weight. This mistake can lead to jack-knifing, rollovers, or the truck being difficult for the driver to maneuver.
Poor Truck Maintenance
Although commercial tractor trailer owners are required to maintain their vehicles, maintenance is sometimes overlooked due to the cost and time involved to properly maintain the truck. Improperly maintained systems like brakes, tires, or engines can lead to serious accidents.
Poor Weather Conditions
Inclement weather conditions like heavy snow, rain, ice, wind or fog can impact the driver’s ability to drive safely. Due to the weight of and slow stopping speeds of semi trucks, it’s easy for a driver who has not been properly trained to drive in these weather conditions to cause an accident.
Trucking companies will sometimes pay for new drivers to complete CDL training and then immediately put them behind the wheel of large and dangerous tractor trailers. While inexperienced drivers are appealing to trucking companies as they often charge less per mile than experienced drivers, they may not be entirely familiar with the vehicles they’ve been assigned to drive.
Do I Need a Semi Truck Accident Lawyer?
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a semi truck accident, you may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney who is familiar with these types of accidents. An experienced attorney will be familiar with all state and federal regulations for commercial truck drivers and will be able to identify any negligence by the driver or trucking company.
As multiple parties can be held responsible for any semi truck accident, it’s important to contact an experienced attorney for legal assistance as soon as possible after the accident. The attorneys at Cellino Law have decades of experience in dealing with complex semi truck accident cases. Call us at 800-555-5555 for a free and confidential consultation.