Driver Error A Common Cause of Commercial Truck Accidents

Large commercial trucks present a unique danger to other drivers on the road. Because of their size, they are less maneuverable and require a longer distance to come to a stop than other vehicles. The size and weight of eighteen-wheelers, tractor trailers and other large trucks leaves little room for error: when a truck hits a passenger vehicle, the results are often catastrophic.

How Do Wrecks Happen?

Truck crashes can be caused by numerous factors. Among the most common is truck driver error. The following factors commonly contribute to the occurrence of commercial truck accidents:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted or impaired driving
  • Fatigue
  • Driver Inattention

In addition to driver error, the condition of the tractor and/or trailer may play a role in causing an accident. Problems may include:

  • Worn out brakes, tires and other critical vehicle components
  • Improperly distributed loads and improperly secured loads
  • Inadequate designed safety equipment, such as underride guards

Of course, the circumstances of each crash are unique and require a thorough investigation of all possible causes, including truck driver and trucking company negligence.

An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you or someone you love has been injured in a commercial truck accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A personal injury lawyer can assess your case and help you get the compensation for your injuries you deserve. For more information, contact an attorney today.