Who is at Fault for My Truck Accident?
Contrary to common belief, all trucking accidents are not the fault of the truck driver. According to experts, more than 75 percent of all trucking accidents arenot caused by truckers, but instead by the negligent and aggressive actions of those driving passenger vehicles, such as:
- Driving in the blind spots of trucks.
- Following too closely.
- Distracted driving.
- Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
However, careless driving, unrealistic deadlines or improper training can also lead to truckers causing accidents. Federal laws have been enacted to more closely regulate the trucking industry by imposing strict requirements on truck drivers, trucking companies, and truck manufacturers. Trucking laws attempt to enforce extensive license requirements and regulate the number of hours a truck driver may drive at one time. By forcing drivers to rest between shifts, updated trucking laws seek to decrease the number of accidents caused by drowsy, inattentive drivers.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Drivers of large trucks are 10 times more likely to cause an accident than other factors such as bad weather, adverse road conditions, and poor vehicle performance, according to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The study found that action (or inaction) by drivers was the reason for approximately 88 percent of collisions, and the most common causes of trucking accidents are driver fatigue and sleep deprivation.
Adverse weather conditions also have a major impact on the safety of large trucks. Because of their size and weight, braking distance is often hampered in bad weather, and even in the best of conditions, big trucks cannot be stopped as quickly or steered as easily as passenger cars. Federal safety regulations require truck drivers to leave the road when weather conditions will not allow safe travel!
Contact a Raleigh 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyer Today
Were you or a love one seriously injured in an accident involving a large commercial truck? The experienced truck accident and injury lawyers at Nagle & Associates, P.A. will provide you with competent and compassionate representation. Contact our firm online or call (800) 411-1583 for a free legal consultation with an attorney today.