While every case is unique, the truck accident attorneys at Williams Hart & Boundas have noticed a few common causes of truck accidents. These issues tend to include:
Tire Malfunction: Tire blowouts and other related tire failures are the 2nd most common cause of truck accidents. When a truck driver or owner fails to properly maintain their vehicle’s tires, a strain on the tire’s material can lead to a devastating blowout. In cases of blowouts, the truck may swerve or jackknife into oncoming vehicles or even across multiple lanes.
Brake Malfunction: Brakes and tires should be check frequently; especially on 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles. Brake system failures account for nearly 30 percent of all truck accidents. A runaway commercial truck can cause catastrophic damages to nearby vehicles.
Lack of Inspection: It is legally required that owners and drivers regularly inspect their vehicles before use. This should enable them to catch any potential safety hazards. Failure to do so puts the driver and others on the road at risk.
Failure to Use Visual Cues/Malfunctioning Lights: Because of their sheer size, truck drivers need to use their warning lights, blinkers, and brake lights effectively. When they fail to do so or if the lights are not working properly, they can easily lead to cars smashing into them at sudden stops.
Improperly Loaded Trailer: In the U.S., trucks are limited to towing 80,000 pounds without special permits for oversized or overweight loads. However, despite these restrictions, trucking companies do not always comply. An improperly loaded trailer can put additional stress on the tires and brakes, which can lead to a serious accident.
Driver Error: There are negligent drivers behind every type of vehicle on the road. Sadly, their negligent behaviors place others in danger. Truck drivers who are speeding, who fail to use their lights appropriately, who make wrong turns, illegal u-turns, or use their phone or other technology behind the wheel can cause a devastating accident. If you get involved in such an accident. The professionals behind Williams Hart & Boundas law firm suggest that you act quickly and gather all evidence to support your case. You see, over time, it has become easy for truck companies to cover up these detestable acts of negligence.
Driver error incident also occurs with hectic delivery deadlines, long work hours, and other diversions. Thus, truck drivers must be attentive and vigilant when behind the wheel.