Common Truck Accident Causes
Truck accidents are uniquely dangerous and uniquely terrifying. Further, every truck accident is specific to the situation at hand, but there are several causes that commonly apply. If you or someone you care about is injured in a truck accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, seek an experienced Forsyth County truck accident attorney’s professional legal counsel today.
As mentioned, truck accidents can have many basic causes, but the following categories commonly apply:
- The Frenetic Trucking Industry
- Negligent Truck Drivers
- Inadequate Maintenance
Let’s take a closer look.
The Frenetic Trucking Industry
Our consumer-driven economy keeps the trucking industry in high gear 24/7, and this can push trucking companies to push their truckers beyond the boundaries of safe driving. There are extensive federal and state hours-of-service restrictions in place to help keep drowsy truck drivers off our roads, and when trucking companies and/or the truckers who drive for them choose to ignore these restrictions, deadly accidents can be the end result. Drowsy driving is a serious concern in the trucking industry.
Negligent Truck Drivers
Truck driver negligence can come in a wide variety of forms (in addition to drowsy driving), including:
- Distraction – Distraction is quickly earning top billing as the most common form of negligence on our roadways, and texting is the most dangerous of all the distractions out there. When a truck driver reads or writes a text, his or her eyes leave the road for an average of five seconds, which is five seconds far too long.
- Speed – Excess speed makes dangerous truck accidents more likely and more deadly. When truckers exceed the speed limit (under ideal conditions) or drive too fast in relation to the condition of the road, the effects of inclement weather, and/or the traffic all around, that trucker puts everyone on the road at increased risk of being injured in a truck accident.
- Impairment – There is no safe place behind the wheel of any vehicle for impairment, and when the vehicle is a big rig, the associated danger increases exponentially. This is exactly why the law has zero tolerance for impaired truck drivers.
Inadequate Truck Maintenance
Trucks are massive machines that put a massive number of miles behind them, and as a result, they require considerable maintenance to keep them roadworthy. Trucking companies are responsible for implementing regular maintenance schedules and for ensuring that these schedules are upheld. Truck drivers are also responsible for conducting routine maintenance and safety checks on every leg of every run. When these maintenance schedules are carefully orchestrated and carefully adhered to, it helps to reduce the risk of dangerous truck accidents.
Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced Georgia Truck Accident Attorney Today
The accomplished personal injury attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland, in both Forsyth County and Cumming, Georgia, are well acquainted with the complexities of truck accident claims and are committed to employing the strength of their impressive legal skill in pursuit of a settlement or court award that justly compensates you. To learn more, please don’t hesitate tocontact us online or call us at 770-887-1209 today.