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What Causes Most Truck Collisions?

Commercial trucks are the culprits in some of the most severe and life-threatening accidents that take place on our nation’s roads. 

Sadly, many people become gravely injured or even perish in accidents with trucks every year. 

Read on to learn more about the main factors in most truck collisions every year, and don’t hesitate to call a truck accident attorney today. 

Primary Factors in Truck Accidents

Despite the laws and regulations that have been put in place to reduce the number of truck accidents taking place every year, thousands of people still become gravely injured or are even killed in catastrophic collisions. 

The anatomy of every truck accident isn’t the same. Sometimes, accidents can happen for reasons unrelated to the actions or inactions of a truck driver, the trucking company, or a related third party. However, when one of these is at fault, these are some of the most common reasons why.

  • FatigueIn spite of the existing laws aiming to regulate the amount of hours that truck drivers spend behind the wheel on any given day, many of them feel pressure to push themselves beyond their personal or professional limits. When this happens, sadly, they put other drivers on the road at risk. Drifting off behind the wheel remains a large factor in truck accidents. 
  • Drunk Driving – Driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances is a factor in many accidents. When someone else makes the fateful decision to drive drunk, they create an enormous risk of injury to themselves and others. 
  • Speeding – Speeding is another factor cited in many different accidents. When it comes to trucks, driving above the speed limit can turn a commercial vehicle into a ticking time bomb. If a truck driver took unnecessary risks, they could be held liable for your injuries. 
  • Distracted Drivers – Although there’s never an excuse for taking your eyes off the road, modern technology has given people plenty of ways to slip up. However, whether it was to answer a text, change the song, or enter an address in a GPS app, there’s no excuse for driving distracted. 
  • Shoddy Maintenance – All trucks are required to comply with certain measures and regulations for upkeep and general maintenance. Failing to do so can make trucks dangerous. 

Regardless of the reason you were involved in a truck accident, if someone else was responsible, you can file a claim to get the compensation you deserve for your lost income, medical bills, emotional distress, and other damages. 

Injured? Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer Right Away

Injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler? The injury team at Gross & Schuster, P.A. can fight for you to receive full compensation. 

Call us at 850-434-3333 or fill out the web form below to request your free consultation. 

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