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What are the most common causes of truck accidents?

On Behalf of | Mar 3, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

If you have been involved in a truck accident, you will know how scary, traumatic and stressful the entire experience can be. In a matter of seconds, your entire life could change, and you’ll have to deal with both physical and mental suffering.

To help you gain back the full amount of damages that you deserve, you may want to take legal action against the at-fault party. To do this successfully, you will need to prove that they were at fault. If you are unsure of how you want to argue this because you are not fully aware of the cause of the accident, the following is an overview of the most common causes of car accidents for you to be aware of.

Truck drivers are often tired

Truck drivers have an enormous amount of responsibility to drive safely, but they also have to work long hours and concentrate intently. Therefore, drivers may drive for long periods of time without rest or sleep. Drivers have been known to fall asleep at the wheel or be slow to react because of their drowsiness, and this can cause a collision.

Distracted driving can occur in many different forms

Distracted driving is not only the act of looking at your phone when driving. It could also be eating or drinking, smoking, switching the radio or talking to your friends. Even being mentally distracted by your own thoughts can count as distracted driving, and it is a major cause of car and truck accidents.

Poor truck maintenance

Trucks often have to carry heavy loads over long distances, and therefore they need to be maintained more often than cars. If they are not inspected often enough, collisions can occur. In this case, you may be able to hold trucking companies liable through vicarious liability.

If you have been involved in a truck accident, make sure that you are able to show fault so that you can get the damages that you deserve.