Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck Accident Causes / Statistics – Serving All of California

In any truck accident case, determining liability is the key to a successful recovery. In order to definitively establish fault, we must first examine the cause of the accident. In doing so, we can demonstrate negligence on the part of the defendant, and in some cases, may be able to bring suit against third parties as well to help maximize your recovery. Trucking companies will defend their interests vigorously in court, and it is important to pursue all avenues of recovery to help ensure you are justly and fairly compensated for your losses. Susan Handel is an experienced truck accident attorney and has the knowledge and resources required to move forward with the most complex trucking accident.

Common truck accident causes include:

  • Overloaded, or oversized trucks
  • Faulty or improperly maintained truck brakes
  • Poor driving conditions (fog, snow, rain or smoke)
  • Dangerous, aggressive or reckless truck driving
  • Sleepy, tired or fatigued drivers
  • Unsafe safety systems, reflectors, lights or other warning devices
  • Alcohol-related or drug-related accidents
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Failure of truck to install under-dash ride protections
  • Driving at excessive speeds to meet schedules or to obtain additional pay
  • Jack knifing under certain conditions such as sudden braking and turning
  • Turning accidents-large trucks are often difficult to turn. Sometimes a truck driver uses two lanes to make a right turn.  In some instances, turning the vehicle in this manner is sufficient to establish the truck driver’s fault
  • Driver distraction
  • Failure of driver to recognize blind spots
  • Failure of driver to follow federal or state regulations mandated for operators of large trucks
  • Unqualified truck drivers
  • Tires not inspected or faulty
  • Failure to stop at a stop sign or red light
  • Following too closely
  • Changing lanes abruptly

Truck driver fatigue has been found to be the most common cause of trucking accidents in which the truck driver is at fault. Because truck drivers are paid by the mile, they are often pressured to keep driving past the point of exhaustion.  Doing so may lead to unsafe driving decisions that endanger the lives of truck drivers and everyone else on the road.  If it is discovered that a truck driver or his or her supervisors acted negligently by violating a federal rule concerning hours of service, all parties can be held liable for any injuries or death that occur as a result.

In some of the above cases, third parties may also be indicated for liability. If road conditions are unsafe, for example, it may be possible to file a claim against the municipality responsible for maintaining safe road conditions; if a truck is poorly maintained by a third party vendor, we may be able to bring a claim against the maintenance company. We will conduct a thorough investigation of your accident to help ensure that all negligent parties are held accountable for their actions. Our goal is to see our clients’ cases through to a successful, superior resolution. Susan Handel will work diligently on your behalf to make certain that this occurs. Call Susan Handel now for a free, confidential consultation regarding your truck accident. Susan Handel also provides in-person, free, confidential home and hospital visits for your convenience. You deserve the very best, so call Susan Handel now.