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Big trucks can be over 30-feet long and weigh up to 80,000lbs. At that size, a truck accident can be catastrophic, even in low-impact crashes. Some of the most common injuries resulting from a truck accident include:
If you or your family member has been hurt in a big truck accident, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation.
This compensation can help families pay for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages at work
- Pain & Suffering
- Physical Therapy
- And More
The truck driver is not always responsible for a crash, but in some cases, truckers are placed under a lot of pressure by their employers to meet shipping deadlines. In many cases, truckers are working 11 hours each day, seven days/week.
Under these stressful conditions, truckers can become fatigued or under the influence of substances used to offset sleep deprivation. Their busy schedules may also cause them to neglect the trucks themselves; as bad brakes are a common cause of truck accidents.
If you or a someone you know has been injured in a big truck accident, you can rely on a truck accident lawyer at The Barnes Firm to help you get the best result possible. Call us or contact us online anytime.
The Barnes Firm 1-(800) 800-0000
Common Causes of Truck Crashes
Truck accidents are behind over 500,000 motor vehicle accidents each year. Of those, roughly 5,000 people are killed, usually innocent drivers and passengers of smaller cars.
While there are a variety of factors that can cause a truck accident, the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Fatigue: Recent studies suggest the average truck driver only gets 5 hours of sleep each night. In contrast, doctors recommend at least 8 hours of sleep each night to be productive. Clearly, 5 hours is not enough rest. As an added safety measure, Congress has set limits to the amount of time a trucker can spend behind the wheel, but recent polls have found that some truckers still continue to drive for long hours to keep up with the shipping demands.
- Brake Time: Due to their heavy weight, trucks can’t stop as quickly as other vehicles – even in the best weather conditions. This results in a large number of rear-end accidents. These can be devastating to drivers and passengers of other vehicles that are stopped or slowed in a truck’s path.
- Turning: Trucks need a larger area to turn, making right-hand turns one of the most difficult maneuvers for tractor-trailers. Truck drivers sometimes use more than one lane of traffic to make these turns. Drivers in a trucker’s blind-spot, or drivers who aren’t expecting the truck to turn can get caught in a side-swipe accident.
- Jack-knife: A jack-knife accident is more common in bad weather, such as heavy downpours or a snowstorm. In a jack-knife accident, a truck load can suddenly shift, causing the trailer to move sideways, or in a different direction. Truckers must responsible for making wise driving decisions, and a jack-knife accident is completely preventable.
- Stimulants: Since truckers are logging long hours on the road, some have turned to stimulants (such as caffeine) and other drugs to stay awake. Whether they’re legal or illegal, once these stimulants wear off, it can cause the driver’s body to “crash,” raising their risk of falling asleep at the wheel.
For years, big truck accidents had declined as the industry scaled-back its fleet size — but recently, there’s been a boom in the trucking industry and truck accidents have increased at an alarming rate. An 18 Wheeler accident can happen anywhere, anytime, and due to the size of these vehicles, victims of truck crashes can suffer catastrophic injuries.
The most common causes of 18 Wheeler Accidents include:
Jack-Knife Accident – A jack-knife truck accident happens when a truck goes into a skid, and the trailer suddenly swings out, forming a 90-degree angle. A jack-knife truck accident usually happens in inclement weather, when the truck’s wheels lock in the front, but the trailer keeps sliding forward. A jack-knife accident can cause multi-car pile-ups, and since these frequently happen at high-speeds on highways, these can result in many fatalities.
Unsecured Loads – For obvious reasons, drivers of all vehicles have a responsibility to properly secure any load they’re carrying or hauling. When an unsecured load falls off a truck, it can cause an obstacle course of debris for other drivers. In these cases, the driver, truck owner, and the manufacturer can all be responsible for an accident.
Tire Blowouts – We all need to change our tires at some point. Friction causes the tire treads to wear, and eventually a tire can become so bare that it pops. This is called a blowout. Since 18 wheelers travel thousands of miles each week, they must frequently change their tires, but many drivers don’t. If a blowout happens at a high speed, the driver will immediately lose of control of their vehicle, and the truck can fishtail. A blowout can also cause a truck to suddenly stop, which could result in a pile-up.
Although smaller than tractor-trailers, delivery trucks are still very dangerous vehicles — and the drivers who operate them do not always have the same stringent regulations drivers of tractor-trailers have. Still, delivery trucks are large vehicles, and when an accident happens, they almost always injure others.
Truck & SUV Rollovers
A rollover accident can happen to any vehicle, but trucks and Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) are more susceptible to rollovers than other vehicles.
That’s because of the way the weight is distributed in these vehicles.
A rollover can be caused by driver negligence, but usually it’s the result of some kind of defect. Some of the most common causes of an SUV or truck rollover include:
- Defective tire
- Vehicle design flaw
- Improperly secured load
- Tire tread separation
- Tire blowouts
It’s estimated that nearly two-thirds of all fatal SUV accidents are the result of a rollover.
Most of these rollover accidents happen when a vehicle is pushed off the road or driven over a ditch or street curb. Since a rollover can be a potentially deadly accident, the National Highway Transportation Safety Association developed rollover resistance ratings. These ratings grade each vehicle for their ability to avoid rollover accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a delivery truck accident or rollover accident due to someone else’s negligence or a vehicle defect, contact The Barnes Firm for a FREE case evaluation.
The Barnes Firm 1-(800) 800-0000