Any collision involving an 18-wheeler will almost certainly be fatal. This is because these are not little passenger cars. They don’t get into car accidents. These trucks travel at speeds of up to 80 mph on interstates, bringing with them a force of up to 80,000 pounds. What’s the result? Serious injuries have occurred, as well as sad fatalities.
But why do these mishaps occur so frequently? A tractor-trailer requires a lot of work to load, maintain, and operate. A fatal accident can happen when anyone involved in the care or driving of a huge truck is reckless. While numerous sorts of carelessness can result in truck accidents, specific causes are more prevalent than others.
Driving While Drowsy:
On the road, truck drivers face long days and nights. Furthermore, their companies frequently put pressure on them to deliver their shipments faster by driving for a longer time. According to research conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 18,000 commercial vehicles are involved in incidents each year in which the truck driver is tired.
Driving While Distracted:
When truck drivers are on the road, they are working the same way that someone sitting at a desk in an office is working. Consider how frequently an office worker checks Facebook or participates in some other form of entertainment. Truckers may and do participate in comparable distractions while driving, and truck accidents result from this.
Driving While Drinks:
Unfortunately, far too many truck drivers operate their vehicles while impaired by alcohol or narcotics. Even more tragic is the number of accidents and injuries caused by this practice each year. According to 2018 data, 119 truck accidents were caused by truckers who were inebriated.
This was one of the leading causes of truck accidents in 2018. That year, defective equipment was linked to 431 truck accidents. And, while truck problems frequently result in incidents involving only the truck, there is no assurance that other drivers will be safe.
The above-mentioned leading causes of truck accidents have one thing in common: they are all the consequence of carelessness. Whether the trucker, trucking business, or vehicle manufacturer was at fault, the law permits victims of trucking accidents to file a personal injury claim for compensation. Truck accidents have devastating consequences for those who are involved. That is why you should always get legal advice from a reputable firm like Hach & Rose, LLP.