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Trucking Accidents: Causes & Liability

With the holidays upon us, there's going to be more time spent on the roads. Unfortunately, this can result in more accident, too, including truck accidents, which can result in catastrophic consequences, including serious injuries and fatalities.

Understanding the causes of trucking accidents and the legal liability involved is crucial for improving road safety and ensuring justice for those affected. In this blog, we will explore the common causes of trucking accidents and the complex issue of liability when it comes to these incidents. 

Common Causes of Trucking Accidents:

  1. Driver Fatigue: Fatigue is a leading cause of trucking accidents. Long hours on the road, irregular schedules, and pressure to meet delivery deadlines can lead to drowsy driving. Fatigued truck drivers have reduced reaction times and impaired decision-making, making accidents more likely.

  2. Speeding: Speeding is a prevalent cause of accidents involving commercial trucks. Large trucks require more time and distance to stop, and high speeds can lead to severe collisions, often resulting in significant damage and injuries.

  3. Distracted Driving: Distractions, such as using a cell phone, eating, or adjusting the radio while driving, can divert a truck driver's attention from the road. Distracted driving poses a significant risk, as trucks require substantial stopping distances.

  4. Impaired Driving: Impaired driving due to alcohol, drugs, or prescription medication can impair a truck driver's judgment, coordination, and reaction times, making them more likely to cause accidents.

  5. Inadequate Training: Inexperienced or poorly trained truck drivers may not have the skills and knowledge needed to handle the complex nature of commercial truck operations. This lack of expertise can lead to accidents.

  6. Mechanical Failures: Mechanical failures, such as brake malfunctions, tire blowouts, and other equipment issues, can cause accidents. Trucks require regular maintenance to ensure their safe operation.

  7. Overloaded or Improperly Loaded Trucks: Overloading or improperly loading a truck can affect its stability and maneuverability, increasing the risk of rollovers or other accidents.

  8. Aggressive Driving: Aggressive behaviors, such as tailgating, weaving between lanes, or road rage, are dangerous and can result in accidents involving large trucks.

  9. Poor Road Conditions: Neglected or poorly maintained roads, inclement weather, and inadequate signage can make driving conditions hazardous for truck drivers. These conditions can contribute to accidents.

Legal Liability in Trucking Accidents:

  1. Truck Driver: If the truck driver's actions, such as speeding, distracted driving, or impairment, directly contributed to the accident, they may be held liable.

  2. Trucking Company: The trucking company can be held liable if it failed to properly train, supervise, or monitor its drivers. It may also be responsible for maintenance issues or improperly loaded trucks.

  3. Vehicle Manufacturer: If a mechanical failure, such as a brake malfunction or tire blowout, is determined to be the cause of the accident, the manufacturer of the defective part may be liable.

  4. Shippers and Cargo Owners: Those responsible for loading the cargo may be held liable if an accident occurs due to overloading or improper cargo placement.

  5. Third Parties: In some cases, a third party, such as a maintenance contractor or a vehicle inspector, may be found liable if their actions or negligence contributed to the accident.

  6. Government Agencies: In cases where poor road conditions or inadequate signage were factors in the accident, government agencies responsible for road maintenance and safety may be held liable.

If You Have Been Injured in a Truck Accident, Call Lowe Law Group Today

Trucking accidents have the potential for devastating consequences, making it essential to understand their common causes and the complexities of legal liability. By addressing the factors that contribute to trucking accidents and holding responsible parties accountable, we can work toward reducing the number of these accidents and promoting road safety for everyone.

As more trucks rush to keep up with demand this holiday season, make sure you are taking the necessary steps to protect yourself. Watch out when you are on the road, and if you have been injured, contact Lowe Law Group. Our experienced truck accident attorneys have the skills and resources needed to advocate for your rights and promise to go above and beyond to fight for the compensation you deserve.  

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