Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are often very serious and unfortunately can result in serious injury or death. When trucks are involved, the injuries and damage can be even more devastating. There are a number of different causes of truck accidents simply because these vehicles are so complex in nature.

Some of the common reasons for truck accidents may include the following:

  • Trucks are incredibly heavy vehicles, even weighing up to 80,000 pounds. If the driver fails to calculate how long it will take for the truck to stop, given its weight, the truck may not stop in time to avoid an accident.
  • If the truck is not regularly maintained or if there is an issue with a defective part, serious issues can occur that may ultimately result in a dangerous accident.
  • Truck drivers are often expected to work very long hours and are under a lot of pressure to meet delivery deadlines. Despite the fact that there are laws in place that restrict how long a truck driver can drive consecutively without sleeping, the long hours can result in dangerous drowsy driving.

Of course, there are many different ways that truck accidents can happen, some of which may be due to driver negligence while other situations are totally out of the driver’s control. If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact our firm today.

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