We see them on the road every day: big trucks or tractor-trailers. They are a necessary part of our society, but they are dangerous and deadly. All it takes is one wrong move to injure or kill another driver on the road. And while we certainly don’t want to see any of our clients hurt or injured as the result of a tractor-trailer accident, the fact is that it can happen and the chances of it happening to you are high. Here, we’d like to discuss some of the reasons why tractor-trailers happen and what to do if you find yourself involved in a trucking accident with a big truck, causing a severe personal injury.
Reasons Tractor-Trailer Accidents Happen
There are a variety of different reasons why tractor-trailer accidents happen, and when they do, they can cause significant injury or even death. A fully loaded tractor-trailer weighs about 80,000 pounds, hence the reason for such catastrophic results.
Many drivers are negligent and cause these accidents. Negligence includes drivers texting while driving, talking on the phone while driving, or falling asleep at the wheel.
Also, the company who owns the truck could play a significant role in causing accidents. Defective brakes and poor truck maintenance can cause trucks to not function correctly and cause major accidents on the highways. Some other common reasons for tractor-trailer accidents include the following:
-Tired truck drivers
-Fake or otherwise incomplete logbooks
-Road rage or aggressive driving
-Failure to obey the speed limit
-Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol
-Unsecured loads or overloaded trailers
-Drivers not properly trained
-Trucks that are not maintained
Trucking Companies Ignore Regulations
There are hours-of-service rules that are federally mandated. This means that truckers can only spend a certain amount of time on the road. But, that does not mean that every single truck company follows the rules. All long-haul truckers are under extreme pressure to deliver their cargo in a timely manner. The longer they stay behind the wheel, the more likely they will be to push themselves to the point of pure exhaustion. When this happens, mistakes are made, and the lives of everyone on the road are at risk.
Some companies fake the log books that are used to keep track of a trucker’s hours and handwritten log books can easily be manipulated to make it look like the driver was following the rules when in reality, he was not. Tired truck drivers are just as dangerous as those driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol which can then lead to a trucking accident.
Reckless Trucker Drivers
You’ll also want to hold reckless truck drivers accountable for their actions. Reckless driving could go hand-in-hand with drivers who are on the road when they are tired, as they are less patient. Road rage accidents are common these days, and truck drivers are not innocent in the statistics.
If you’ve suffered a personal injury at the hands of a reckless truck driver you will want to retain an attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve. An attorney will review the following when you’re looking for compensation from a truck driver:
-The safety record of the truck driver, including the police and training records
-Evidence of the truck driver’s past substance or alcohol issues
-Truck drivers driving log
-Truck crash evidence, including security cams, breathalyzer results, and items in the driver’s cab
-The truck’s black box and GPS locator, which could reveal the speed of the truck at the time of the accident and how long the truck had been on the road
Contact an experienced trucking personal injury law firm for more information specific to your particular situation.
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Sarasota FL, 34236