Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck Accident Lawyer Serving McAllen, Texas
Like other traffic collisions, truck accidents may have any of a number of potential causes. These are often referred to as contributing factors and may include any of various circumstances that cause a truck accident to occur, from a tire blowout to an unsafe lane change. Analyzing the key contributing factors in traffic accidents involving commercial trucks can help one identify why these collisions occur and even what can be done to reduce their occurrence. This can also help a person injured in a crash determine who or what party could be held legally responsible.
Representing clients throughout McAllen and the surrounding areas in Texas, we at Stern Law Group are prepared to seek the primary causes of truck accidents in order to help their victims seek justice. If you were injured in an accident with a semi-truck, big rig, tanker truck or other commercial vehicle, you may be entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses, property damage, lost earnings and possibly more. A McAllen truck accident lawyer at our firm can talk to you about your options and how best to proceed.
Analyzing Key Contributing Factors
Every case is different, and only a thorough investigation and analysis of all the evidence at hand will reveal what caused a specific collision. There are several scenarios, however, that have been identified as leading causes of truck accidents:
Drugs and Alcohol
Drug and/or alcohol abuse by a truck driver or any motorist can prove extremely dangerous. Alcohol and drugs, including prescription medications, can impair driving ability, reaction time and judgment. A driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs may not only be in violation of the law but will place everyone on the road at risk of injury or death.
A truck driver may be tempted by many distractions while on the road. Doing anything that takes a driver's eyes off the road, mind off driving and/or hands off the wheel decreases driving ability and thus increases the chances of an accident. Texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio, eating and drinking are all common distractions that may lead to a truck accident.
Truck drivers may be required to work long hours, but their employers must comply with trucking regulations by providing sufficient rest breaks and time between work periods. A fatigued truck driver may be unable to drive safely and will be at an increased risk of an accident due not only from impaired driving abilities but because he or she could even be in danger of falling asleep at the wheel.
Improperly Loaded Trucks
A truck must be properly loaded for maximum safety and maneuverability. If a truck is overloaded, or the load is unbalanced or not properly secured, this can have a number of serious consequences. A truck driver may be unable to properly control the truck, or an item could fall from the truck and strike another vehicle. In either scenario, the results may be catastrophic.
Truck Mechanical Failure
Brakes, steering systems, tires, suspension systems and all other parts of a large truck see a considerable amount of wear and tear. The large size and weight of trucks and their loads, in addition to the number of miles they are driven, places a great burden on mechanical systems and truck parts. If these are not properly inspected, maintained and replaced, they may fail and an accident may occur.
Aggressive driving can prove very dangerous, particularly when a truck driver is the culprit. Due to their size and weight, commercial trucks are already a potential hazard on the road. If an aggressive driver is behind the wheel, this makes them all the more dangerous. Some examples of aggressive driving may include: weaving in and out of traffic, speeding, tailgating and sudden lane changes.
Heavy weather and hazardous roads are also potential causes of truck accidents. In heavy rain, wind, fog or snow, a driver may have difficulty maneuvering a large truck. The same applies if roads are poorly designed or are not properly inspected and maintained. Even an experienced and responsible driver may lose control if a grade is improperly marked, a bridge is out or a large pothole appears out of nowhere.
Involving a McAllen Truck Accident Attorney
Ready to get insight from a knowledgeable professional? Consider involving an attorney from our firm. During a free case review, we can talk to you about what occurred and can help you get the answers you need to make an informed choice about your case. Contact a McAllen truck accident attorney today.