Each year, approximately 5,000 people die in accidents involving semi-trucks — here are some of the most common causes of semi-truck accidents:
- Truck Driver Fatigue
- Improperly-Maintained Vehicles
- Distracted Truck Drivers
- Inexperienced Truck Drivers
- Improper Cargo Loading
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, and you believe one of these factors may have caused the accident to occur, you may be able to recover damages from the driver who is at fault. Learn more about the causes of semi-truck accidents below.
Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
Truck Driver Fatigue
Truckers spend long hours driving extremely long distances because their pay structure generally incentivizes such activity. Even with federal regulations limiting how long truckers can drive in a single day, fatigue still remains a serious issue in the trucker community. Sadly, the consequences of trucker fatigue frequently spill into the lives of everyday people in passenger vehicles.
If a semi-truck is not properly maintained as governed by federal regulations, it could potentially cause the vehicle to lose control and result in a serious accident. There are many parts that could cause such a thing to happen, including a faulty braking system and tires that are excessively worn out. If a poorly-maintained vehicle causes an accident, the trucking company may be held liable for damages sustained by other drivers affected by the accident.
Distracted Truck Driver
From CB radios to smart devices, there are many things inside of a semi-truck that can distract the driver. Additionally, a truck driver may be distracted by something happening on the side of the road, a conversation with their passengers, or any number of other factors.
Inexperienced Truck Driver
In many cases, semi-truck accidents are caused by truck drivers who simply were not ready to hit the road yet. Drivers who are not properly trained, or who don’t get enough low-pressure experience driving a semi-truck on the highway before they are sent on real trips, may be susceptible to causing accidents that can severely injure folks who happen to be in the area.
Improper Cargo Loading
Improper cargo loading is perhaps one of the least predictable factors that can cause a semi-truck accident. If the cargo inside of the trailer is not packed properly, it may shift during transport, causing the semi-truck to jack-knife and spin out of control. For this reason, it is crucial for freight companies to ensure that experienced professionals handle all of the loading.
Fast Facts About Semi-Truck Accidents
According to statistics, semi-truck accidents kill roughly 5,000 Americans riding in passenger vehicles every year? However, only about 700 truck drivers die in those accidents. Most of the semi-trucks involved in these mishaps (64 percent) were pulling one trailer, and 32 percent were single-unit trucks. Only about four percent of semi-trucks that get into accidents are multi-trailer vehicles. If you survived a truck accident, consider yourself lucky — but make sure you do everything that you need to in order to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and your pain and suffering.
How to Handle the Aftermath of a Semi-Truck Accident
If you are currently recovering from an accident that involved a semi-truck and you are unsure how to proceed, let us help you. Even if you think the truck driver did nothing wrong, there may be critical factors that you are unaware of. Our job here at The Barnes Firm is to keep the trucking companies from hiding such information from you, so we can help you build a strong case and file a lawsuit against the parties responsible for your difficult situation.
Call The Barnes Firm Today for a Free Legal Consultation
When going toe-to-toe with large freight companies, you need help from a qualified legal team with proven success in the realm of semi-truck accidents. Look no further than The Barnes Firm for assistance — you can call us anytime 24/7 for a FREE legal consultation, and together we can review your case. There’s no time to waste, call today!