It is rare that only one factor contributes to an 18 wheeler accident. In the real world, semi-truck accidents are multifaceted and complex. Liability for these accidents may arise in multiple places from multiple parties.
Despite the fact that trucking companies, parts manufacturers, and even other drivers on the road may contribute to these accidents, one contributing factor in almost all trucking accidents is truck driver negligence. Truck drivers can be negligent in any number of ways. Follow the links below to learn more about some of the more common causes of 18 wheeler accidents.
Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Drug and alcohol abuse are huge problems for the trucking industry. While illegal drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines are a problem, even legal drugs can be problematic. Whether a trucker is taking prescription drugs or over-the-counter drugs, all drugs have side effects that can be particularly dangerous behind the wheel. Click here to read more.
Speeding is dangerous no matter what a vehicle’s size. But the consequences of driving too fast when behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound vehicle can be deadly. When excessive speeds are combined with inclement weather conditions, road hazards, or unfamiliar routes, accidents become even more likely. Click here to read more.
In the age of talking and texting on cell phones, distracted driving has become an ever-present problem. But old distractions still pose problems as well. Eating, smoking, and drinking behind the wheel can be just as dangerous as checking a cell phone. A single moment’s distraction can lead to a deadly accident. Click here to read more.
Truck drivers are particularly vulnerable to fatigue because they spend long hours behind the wheel for weeks at a time. Each individual trucker’s health and habits contribute to how and when he experiences fatigue. Federal regulators have attempted to minimize accidents resulting from fatigue by implementing strict Hours of Service regulations, but accidents continue to occur. Click here to read more.
One major drawback of 18 wheelers is their sheer size. Not only are they more challenging to maneuver and control, but they also lend themselves to massive blind spots in all directions. Truck drivers must be properly trained and experienced to fully check their surroundings before making any moves to prevent colliding with smaller vehicles that they might not have otherwise seen. Click here to read more.
Defective Truck Equipment
Defective truck equipment can go unnoticed without timely and regular maintenance inspections, both on the road and before a journey is undertaken. Properly functioning brakes are critical on the highway. It takes 18 wheelers longer to come to a stop than smaller vehicles. Without proper brakes, coming to a timely stop would be impossible. Tires are critical to truck safety as well. Proper treads allow for adequate traction regardless of weather. Click here to read more.
Contact a Truck Accident Attorney at Kirkendall Dwyer LLP Today
Truck accidents are complex events that rarely have just one cause. It is critical that you retain an experienced truck accident attorney that can get to the bottom of all the contributing factors of your truck accident so that all responsible parties can be held accountable, and you can recover the most complete compensation for your injuries.
Trucking accidents can result in serious injuries such as bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord damage. These can impact your ability to earn a living, support your family, and generally enjoy your life. A truck accident attorney from Kirkendall Dwyer LLP can provide you the support you need during this difficult time. You deserve the same aggressive representation that the trucking companies have. Contact us today for your free consultation.