Trucks are large and weigh far more than the average passenger vehicle. It’s not surprising, therefore, that accidents involving trucks can easily cause catastrophic injury and death.
However, many accidents that involve semi trucks could have been prevented. The main reasons that truck accidents occur are:
- Speeding. Traveling at too great a speed is one of the major causes of accidents. Trucks are at far more risk of a serious accident when they speed since they take longer to slow and are unwieldy, which can cause a loss of control or rollover.
- Not enough rest breaks. Even though Federal regulations mandate rest breaks, many truckers suffer from fatigue. Owners may pressure drivers to keep to a schedule. Rest breaks may be too short or not taken at all, leading to drowsy driving and accidents.
- Distracted driving. Using a cell phone, texting, changing the radio station or adjusting a GPS can lead to a serious accident. Drivers, especially those driving 18-wheelers and other large trucks, need to stay focused.
- Improper loading. Heavy loads need to be balanced and loaded properly or the weight can shift and cause a rollover, or the contents may fall out onto the road. Too heavy a load can cause a tire blow out.
- Poor maintenance. Tires and brakes on trucks need a regular check. Safety inspections must be made to avert malfunctions that lead to serious accidents.
If a trucking accident was caused by the negligence of a trucker or an employer, injured individuals have the right to seek fair compensation for the damages incurred. An Oklahoma truck accident lawyer can help. Contact us today to learn more!