While the typical passenger vehicle is around 4,000 pounds, semi trucks and other types of commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. With this in mind, it’s fairly evident that trucking accidents can do far more damage than accidents between two typical passenger vehicles.
Knowing some of the most common yet preventable causes of trucking accidents can ensure that everyone stays safe on the road.
According to a law under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers limited are limited to working a maximum of 70 hours a week (reduced from 82 hours a week). Drivers are also limited to driving for 11 hours per day and working 14-hour days.
However, not all drivers or their companies obey these laws. Driver fatigue is still a cause of 13% of truck accidents. Drivers and their employers who do not abide by these work hours could be held liable for damages and injuries in the event of a collision.
Whether it’s alcoholic or drugs, being under the influence of substances that impair one’s ability to drive can be deadly. This is especially so when it comes to trucking accidents. About 26% of semi truck accidents are caused by drivers who are under the influence of prescription drugs alone.
Many drivers are behind the wheel for hours on end, and depending on the substance, this could cause them to fall asleep at the wheel. Driving any sort of vehicle requires vigilance, so drivers should avoid taking substances that impair their ability to drive.
Mechanical issues significantly increase one’s risk of a truck accident. Truck tires are an essential part of this equation and should always be maintained in order to avoid accidents. 51% of mechanical causes of trucking accidents stem from issues with truck tires. Underinflated tires can increase the rate that tires wear down and are more likely to burst.
Truckers and those loading the cargo are responsible for making sure that it is loaded properly and in a safe manner. If cargo is not properly secured or if the truck is too light then the truck can lose balance and topple over.
If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident, you do not have to go through it alone. Don’t hesitate to contact the seasoned trucking accident attorneys at Fowler | Helsel | Vogt for legal advocacy. We will defend your rights and work to get you the compensation you justly deserve.
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