We need large commercial and semi-trucks to deliver our goods to market and they crisscross our nation’s roads and bridges in order to fulfill our needs. This means that passenger vehicles share the roads with large trucks every day. With the obvious size difference at play, accidents between passenger vehicles and commercial trucks can be deadly.
There are many causes of commercial truck accidents but today we are going to talk about truck accidents caused by failure to secure a load.Read More
Anyone who’s been in a motor vehicle accident involving a large truck knows how scary it is. Small vehicles don’t stand much of a chance against big rigs and that means a much higher likelihood of disability or death for small vehicle passengers. According to IIHS.org, 4,136 people died in large truck crashes in 2018 alone. Of these deaths, 67 percent were car and other passenger vehicle occupants, and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. One thing that has increased during the pandemic is the need to get food and household staples to grocery stores and that means more trucks on the roads and a higher risk of large truck accidents than normal.Read More
Big rigs criss-cross our rural and city roads and highways everyday as they transport goods from one location to another. Due to their enormous size and weight, big rig truck accidents involving a passenger vehicle can mean terrible injuries or even death to the people in the smaller vehicle.Read More
A truck accident lawyer will help you sift through the details of your trucking accident because determining the cause and liability can be very complicated. It is vital to understand the major reasons for trucking accidents and the relationships between the driver, owner and recipient and how they are connected to the truck, trailer and load. An attorney specializing in truck accidents can help reveal the particulars of your trucking accident and determine if you have a valid claim to present.
What are some of the common causes of truck accidents?
Driver error before and during the trip.
Truck drivers are 10 times more likely than other factors to cause an accident according to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The study found that the action or inaction of the truck drivers caused 88% of all trucking accidents.
Factors leading to driver error include drug use, fatigue, distractions, inattention, speeding and unfamiliarity with the road. The biggest factor is fatigue and sleep deprivation often seen among long haul truckers.
Equipment problems/mechanical failures are the second highest cause of trucking accidents.
Defective tires (manufacturer).
Defective steering (manufacturer).
Defective side or rear lighting (manufacturer).
Brake failure caused by overuse or poor adjustments.
Tire blowouts caused by wear.
Improper securing of load.
Improper trailer attachment.
Traffic signal failures.
Determining who is responsible for a trucking accident is complicated, but there are federal laws and regulations governing the trucking industry that provide standards for drivers, owners and trucking companies that can help determine liability. Federal law stipulates that a company owning a trucking permit is responsible for any truck accident that occurs with its name displayed on the vehicle, whether the driver is an employee or independent contractor.
What do I do if I am involved in a truck accident?
Call a certified truck inspector (typically a member of the reconstruction division of the state police). Federal and state regulations require an inspection on any commercial truck and trailer involved in an accident before it is removed from the scene. The purpose of the report is to reveal the condition of the main mechanical parts of the truck and trailer and is separate from the police report of the accident.
Hold onto stored data. Similar to the “black boxes” used to store data in aircraft, the trucking industry uses boxes to record information such as the speed of the truck at the time of impact, patterns of speed, when brakes were applied and how long the driver was on the road without a break.
Large trucks are only involved in 3% of injury causing motor vehicle accidents but, sadly, in the last twenty years truck accidents have increased by 20%. Trucking accidents tend to cause much greater damage and injury due to their size.
If you were the victim, truck driver or owner of a truck involved in an accident causing injury, please contact a personal injury attorney specializing in truck accidents today! The attorneys at Bellingham’s Tario and Associates, P.S. are ready to help.