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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Large trucks, classified as vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds, are dangerous forces on the road due to their sheer size and power. Because of this, accidents involving large trucks tend to bring devastating consequences. In recent California news, a semi-truck veered off the road and crashed into a car dealership, leading several cars in the lot to catch fire and causing more than $1.2 million in damages. Although the cause of the accident is not definitively known, it is suspected that strong winds may have been a contributing factor.

Roadway problems, sometimes due to weather conditions, accounted for approximately 20 percent of accidents involving large trucks according to a recent Department of Transportation report. The other nine highest associated factors are as follows:

  • Malfunctioning brakes
  • Congested traffic flow
  • Use of drugs or alcohol
  • Going too fast for weather conditions
  • Driver unfamiliar with roadway
  • Unexpected stops
  • Poor driver surveillance
  • Driver fatigue

When it comes to accidents involving large trucks, trucking companies, owners and drivers all have legal obligations and may be held accountable for the injuries caused to others. Driver error is one factor, but the company in charge of the truck may have failed to provide adequate maintenance. On the other hand, a vehicle part may have malfunctioned, causing the driver to lose control.

If you or someone you know was injured in an accident involving a large truck, you may be entitled to some form of compensation. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more.