Posted: January 17, 2017
Truck accidents can cause serious, life-altering injuries. Over the past two decades, the number of truck accidents in the United States has increased by 20 percent. But what, exactly, is causing these types of crashes?
There are several common causes of truck accidents, including:
- Driver error: When the truck driver makes a mistake, it can lead to catastrophic consequences. Driver error can include speeding, distractions, lack of training, drugs, alcohol or a lack of familiarity with trucking regulations.
- Inclement weather or road conditions: Bad weather and poor road conditions can contribute to truck accidents, especially when it's dark or if the driver isn't familiar with the area.
- Driver fatigue: This is one of the most common causes of truck accidents. Driver fatigue and sleep deprivation can make a driver veer off the road, leading to serious crashes and injuries. Because truck drivers are under strict deadlines and time constraints, they tend to drive over the allowed amount of time set by the federal government and their employers.
- Equipment problems: Equipment failure is another common cause of truck accidents. This can include manufacturing mistakes, design errors or a failure to properly maintain the truck and equipment.
There may be other factors that can contribute to truck crashes. Depending on the details and circumstances that surround your specific case, you may be able to bring a lawsuit to both the truck driver and the trucking company.
At Hayes Law, our truck accident attorneys know and understand the dangers large commercial trucks can bring to the roadways. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of a truck driver, you deserve justice. Together, our experienced litigation team will fight for your rights and the compensation you deserve.
If you are in the Greensboro area and would like to learn more about how our truck accident lawyers can help you with your case, give our office a call at (336) 645-3959 to schedule your initial consultation.