What Are The Causes Of Semi-Truck Accidents?
Hazleton truck accident lawyer Edward P. McNelis explains
Hazleton truck accident attorney Edward P. McNelis has a lot of experience helping injured truck crash victims, and he knows how a trucker or trucking company’s negligence can cause or contribute to a collision. If you were injured or someone you love was killed in a crash with a semi-truck, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. See what an experienced Hazleton truck accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Edward P. McNelis can do for you. Contact us today for your free consultation.
Due to their massive size and powerful engines, there’s a reason you need to be a professional driver to get behind the wheel of a semi-truck, commercial vehicle, tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler. Truck accidents can cause horrific injuries and massive destruction – and one of the most upsetting things about these crashes is that many of them are preventable.
How do truck accidents happen?
Negligence is one of the leading causes of truck accidents – usually by a trucker or a trucking company, but sometimes by another party. While figuring out who is legally responsible for causing your accident is critical to your case, understanding why the crash happened is also important.
Some of the most common causes of truck accidents are:
- Speeding: Tractor-trailers take longer than normal passenger vehicles to slow down and come to a complete stop, so if a trucker is going too fast, they may not be able to react quickly enough to avoid a collision. Going too fast for conditions and taking turns or corners at a high rate of speed can also lead to a deadly rollover crash or jackknife accident.
- Texting: Studies have shown that someone texting and driving is more likely to cause an accident than a drunk driver. A trucker who is sending or reading a text while operating an 18-wheeler is showing a reckless disregard for everyone else on the road and throwing caution to the wind.
- Distracted driving: While texting or talking on a phone are the most common forms of distracted driving, any other activity that takes the truck driver’s attention away from the road can be considered a distraction. Eating, drinking, talking to a passenger, reaching for something, adjusting the radio, programming a GPS, rubbernecking, personal grooming and even daydreaming or being lost in thought are distractions.
- Fatigue: Truck drivers are subject to irregular shifts and long hours on the road, so it should come as no surprise that a lot of truck accidents are caused by fatigued, drowsy or asleep at the wheel truckers. Even though there are federal regulations mandating how many hours a trucker can drive, some truck drivers break the rules due to pressure from their bosses to meet unrealistic deadlines.
- Unqualified or inexperienced drivers: Truckers are professionals, but sometimes trucking companies cut corners in the hiring process and put unqualified or inexperienced drivers behind the wheel of their 18-wheelers. Other times, they fail to identify a trucker with a questionable past or simply ignore it – putting everyone else on the road at risk.
- Improper cargo loading: If the tractor-trailer’s cargo isn’t secured properly, is off-balance, or too heavy, it can cause the 18-wheeler to rollover or jackknife.
- Defective equipment and inadequate maintenance: Manufacturers can be held legally responsible for truck accidents caused by faulty or defective parts. The truck driver, owner, and/or trucking company may also be held accountable if the semi-truck was not being properly maintained and inspected for problems, such as worn brakes and tires.
Get help from the Law Offices of Edward P. McNelis
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s critical to seek out help from an experienced lawyer immediately. Trucking companies have teams of attorneys ready to fight and protect their best interests, and squash any potential claims or lawsuits, meaning you could lose out on the compensation you’re entitled to.
Level the playing field. Attorney Edward P. McNelis is an experienced truck accident lawyer who has been helping injury victims in Hazleton and Luzerne County since 1982. He knows what it takes to win complex truck accident cases and maximize the value of your claim. Best of all – our law firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means you pay nothing unless we win. Contact us today for your free consultation.