Causes of Truck Accidents
Commercial truck accidents can be particularly devastating. The average weight of a commercial vehicle can range anywhere from 10,000 pounds to 80,000 pounds. When they crash into other vehicles, buildings, or pedestrians, the resulting damage can be extreme. Trucks can also be very unwieldy and slow, making it difficult for them to avoid accidents ahead. Most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants.
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The most significant factor in truck accidents is other passenger vehicles. They are most often to blame for traffic accidents with 18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks. Sometimes this has to do with the perception of how slowly a big rig travels compared to smaller vehicles. This is a result of safety regulations as well as the weight of the products it might be carrying. However, smaller cars filled with impatient people might find it easier to go around these trucks, in the process changing lanes abruptly in front of them.
Other dangerous maneuvers:
- Driving too close to the back of a commercial truck where the driver can’t see them
- Shifting to the right of a truck making a right turn
- Misjudging a truck’s speed and getting in its way
- Improperly merging into traffic
- Failure to slow down or speed up
- Unsafe passing
- Being blown out of position by air turbulence
- Driving between large trucks
- Abandoning a vehicle in a travel lane
Most truck drivers are highly skilled and patient. However, there are occasional drivers who either don’t follow vehicle regulations deliberately or through ignorance. If they receive inadequate training in terms of driving technique, defensive driving, and safety concerns, this could result in accidents. Commercial transportation and shipping culture also might encourage longer hours and faster vehicle speeds than is legal. If a company is more concerned with its bottom line than its drivers, it might create unrealistic schedules and expectations that encourage drivers to hurry in spite of safety risks. Drivers might also driver longer than truck regulations allow, which can lead to hazardous drowsy driving.Other Common Causes
More rarely, there are other considerations to take in when considering the causes of truck accidents. For example, road construction projects can cause traffic delays. If some drivers attempt to move around these roadblocks, they can easily cause an accident. Additionally, weather and read conditions can lead to decreased traction and visibility. Poor weather conditions, such as snow, sleet, or rain, can make the road slippery and cause a large vehicle to begin skidding. With larger vehicles, such as big rigs, it’s more difficult for drivers to slow the massive truck down. Potholes, unpaved roads, and narrow lanes can also be hazardous for large trucks.Schedule a Consultation With Our Dedicated Attorneys
If you’ve been injured in a commercial truck accident, make sure you are fairly compensated. Injuries can be extreme in these cases, sometimes resulting in catastrophic injury or even wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been affected by reckless driving, let our trusted Massachusetts personal injury lawyers help. We may be able to help you collect damages for your pain and suffering, lost wages, future lost wages, emotional distress, medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and overall decreased quality of life.
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