If you have spent time driving in California then you have likely seen a truck accident. While any accident can be terrifying and damaging, big rig accidents are even more so because their size makes it much more likely that serious injury or death will occur.
By understanding the most common causes of truck accidents, you can help stay aware and reduce your chances of being involved in one. If you are injured in a truck accident, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Driving for Many Hours Without Breaks
One of the biggest issues is with truck drivers who stay on the road for too many hours at a time. Fatigue is one of the biggest causes of big rig truck accidents. The federal government and state authorities have taken steps to prevent this issue by limiting how many hours in a row truck drivers can be on the road and how long their breaks need to be. Unfortunately, it is not entirely cured the issue.
Trucks Are Not Loaded Correctly
There are a number of ways in which big rig’s cargo can be improperly loaded. It may be that they are loaded with more cargo than their maximum capacity allows for, which can make it harder for the truck to stop. The cargo may be unbalanced, which can make the truck more likely to fall over. The cargo could be improperly secured, which can lead to accidents when cargo goes flying.
Truck Drivers Are Speeding
The unfortunate truth is that the money a truck driver makes is dependent on how quickly they can get their cargo from Point A to Point B. As a result, they are looking to stay on schedule and meet difficult deadlines. If they get behind they can be tempted to speed to make up for lost time. Speeding even just a few miles over the speed limit is dangerous for any vehicle but even more so when you are talking about an 80,000+ pound big rig.
Not Having the Proper Qualifications to Drive a Truck
Truck drivers need a special license to drive a big rig, which leads many to assume that they must be properly trained. Unfortunately, they can know enough to pass the test but still not be safe on the roads. To safely operate a big rig it takes experience, skill, and training. A truck driver that lacks even one of these can be unsafe on the road.
Poorly Maintained Trucks
If a truck is not properly maintained then it can be more likely to break down, which can cause accidents. Depending on the type of maintenance that is missed, it can also make it harder for a truck driver to steer, stop, and otherwise operate the truck.