Everyone who goes on the road has a responsibility to be careful and aware
of their surroundings. This is true for everyone from big-rig drivers
to pedestrians. However, people operating an 18-wheeler or commercial
vehicle must take extra precaution when driving. Because of the size and
impact of the vehicle, trucking accidents can cause extensive damage and
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there
is an increase in truck accidents, with even more deaths than in the past.
They report that an average of 697 people die in big-rig accidents, while
another 25,000 are injured. With such high rates, it might leave some
wondering what causes such catastrophes. While each case is different,
there are some commonalities between the crashes.
Impaired and Distracted Driving
Drivers have a responsibility to always focus on the road while driving.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Distractions such as texting
or passengers can cause a driver to turn attention away from the road.
Driving while drunk or fatigued can also cause a person to lose concentration
on operating their truck. These can lead to serious accidents with catastrophic effects.
Truck Driver Error
Sometimes it is the driver’s fault for a crash. They can be inclined
to drive over the speed limit or recklessly in order to meet a deadline
or get to their destination quicker. This can leave them unprepared for
dealing with any sudden stops or cause them to lose control of the truck.
Negligence of Trucking Company
Trucking companies have a duty to employ qualified individuals and follow
strict guidelines to keep both drivers and others on the road safe. However,
this does not always happen. Some companies hire individuals without thoroughly
checking their qualifications and training first. Other companies ignore
the rules of only allowing drivers to drive a certain amount of hours.
Finally, trucking companies may also not maintain safe trucks, causing
accidents to occur in the future.
Manufacturers can make mistakes causing a truck to be unsafe to drive.
Unfortunately, these vehicles still make it onto the market and onto the
road. In a similar vein, trucks need to regularly be serviced to ensure
that things like the brakes and steering work. When this does not happen,
it can lead to serious accidents.
Overloaded and Loose Cargo
All trucks have a certain weight capacity they can carry; anything over
that can be dangerous. If drivers do load cargo that exceeds the limit,
it can impair the vehicle from performing as it should. In the same light,
cargo needs to be secured. If it becomes loose, it can fall onto the road
and cause crashes.
Any 18-wheeler accident can be dangerous and deadly. If you or a loved
one has been injured in such a catastrophic crash and it was not your
fault, you can be eligible for compensation. Contact our Florida trucking
accident attorneys for a free consultation. We will fight for you!