One of the most devastating motor vehicle accident types is that which involves a large truck. To be sure, large trucks weigh thousands of pounds more than do standard passenger cars, and large truck accidents are often fatal or result in serious injuries.
Most truck accidents are caused by preventable human errors. Understanding these errors is not only critical in determining liability, but also in preventing future accidents from occurring. Consider some of these most common causes of large truck accidents:
By and large, the most common cause of most truck accidents is a driver’s error. These include errors made by both truck drivers and drivers of smaller, passenger vehicles. Errors and negligent acts that drivers make commonly include:
- Driving too closely to a large truck/passenger car;
- Taking a turn too quickly;
- Falling asleep at the wheel;
- Driving while impaired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, including over-the-counter and prescription drugs;
- Driving too fast for conditions;
- A passenger car driver driving within a truck driver’s blind spot; and
- Driving while distracted.
Most truck accidents could be prevented if drivers were to exercise a greater degree of care when behind the wheel.
Another common cause of truck accidents, although less common than driver errors, is that of a cargo shift while the large truck is in motion. When cargo shifts, the transition in weight can cause a truck trailer to move dramatically to one side or the other, or even to tip. Cargo shifts are typically caused by improperly secured or loaded cargo, although they can also be caused by an issue with the cargo itself (i.e. explosive cargo that combusts while in transit). Loaders and shippers of cargo are often held liable for accidents caused by cargo shifts.
Finally, another common cause of truck accidents is that of vehicle defects. When a part of a vehicle is defective, a problem may occur while the vehicle is in motion that results in the driver losing control and a crash occurring. Tire tread issues that lead to tire blowouts, and defective brakes, are two of the most widely-cited vehicle defects, but they are by no means the only ones. It is critical that vehicle parts are not only designed and manufactured free of defects, but that they are inspected and maintained regularly, too.
Have You Been in a Large Truck Accident?
If you have been in a large truck accident, our hearts go out to you and your family. In order to get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries, getting to the bottom of how the crash occurred is critical. Our truck accident lawyer at the office of Deborah Gold-Alexander, Attorney at Law, will consider all of the above causes of truck accidents and others, and dig deep to discover what really happened. Deborah Gold-Alexander has over 30 years’ experience and is ready to help you. Request your free consultation by phone or by sending our law office a message directly.