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Common Causes of Truck Accidents

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The truck accident lawyers at Whiting Law Group, Ltd. understand how difficult it can be to identify the right legal action if you are in a trucking accident. Let us help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Driver Awareness

The average passenger car weighs 4,000 lbs., while semi-trucks can weigh 80,000 lbs. or more. Taking into account further differences, such as ride height, stopping distance, and driver field of vision, it is easy to see how important it is for truck drivers to be aware of their surroundings, and the roadways, especially when sharing the road with passenger cars.

Truck Driver Conduct

Of the many kinds of truck driver conduct that can result in an accident, certain ones tend to arise most often. For instance, accidents can happen when:

  • A driver fails to stop and rest at appropriate intervals
  • Drives under the influence of sleep-suppressing drugs like methamphetamine
  • Driving aggressively
  • Making wide turns
  • Merging too quickly
  • Carrying an unsafe load
  • Driving too fast

It is worth noting that in some instances, a truck may have been traveling within the posted speed limit, but still may have been going too fast for road conditions.

Failure to Inspect

Occasionally, the accident can be caused by other factors. For example, other individuals from the trucking company may have failed to inspect or repair the truck as they should have. Cargo may have been loaded improperly, or the truck may have been manufactured with faulty lights, brakes, or other equipment. Damaged truck tires can also cause accidents by suddenly coming apart at high speeds.

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http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/how-to-calculate-a-truck-accident-settlement

http://injury.findlaw.com/car-accidents/common-causes-of-commercial-truck-accidents.html

http://www.hg.org/trucking-accidents.html

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/trucking-accidents-common-causes-liability-30156.html

https://www.justia.com/injury/motor-vehicle-accidents/truck-accidents/