Often serious injuries and death occur in large truck accidents. Typically, trucks are considered large if they weigh over 10,000 pounds, which can range from a heavy-duty utility vehicle to a semi. There are many reasons a crash can occur. In some cases, it may be poor driver training, limited experience, or poor vehicle design and construction. In others, the cause can be poor judgment, slow response time or weather.
The 9 common causes for truck accidents
Below are the most common causes of truck accidents according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
1. Brake issues.
2. Traffic congestion from a previous crash.
3. Driver prescription or over-the-counter drug use.
4. Speed and road conditions.
5. Driver unfamiliar with the road.
6. Issues with the road (e.g. separated pavement).
7. Stopping at a traffic light or crosswalk.
8. Inadequate surveillance.
9. Falling asleep or fatigue.
Truck accidents are complex and the more severe accidents require extensive investigation. Unfortunately, investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board, especially for higher profile cases, could take up to one year like they anticipate for the fatal accident on October 23rd in California.
What can you do if involved in a truck accident?
In any crash with personal injuries or property damage, you should speak to an attorney before ever speaking with the insurance company. If you or a loved one have been in a truck accident, you will want to find one who is experienced with accident litigation involving heavy trucks. Additionally, finding an attorney who has a handle on federal trucking regulations, can reconstruct accidents and has knowledge of medical conditions will be your best option.