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5 common causes of trucking accidents

Given the size of most trucks and 18-wheelers on the road today, it is no wonder that accidents involving these large vehicles often result in severe injuries - and sometimes death.

In fact, according to numbers reported by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), nearly 4,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents in 2014 alone, the most recent year for which data is available. Even worse, the number of injury-causing accidents involving trucks and buses increased an alarming 55 percent from 2009 to 2014.

While there is probably no way to completely eliminate the chances of a trucking collision, knowing some of the common causes may help you avoid at least some dangerous situations:

  • Driver fatigue: Even though there are laws that limit how long a truck driver can stay behind the wheel, many truckers simply drive for too many hours without taking a break - resulting in tired, fatigued drivers.
  • Driver error: Whether the truck driver is speeding, texting or simply not paying attention while behind the wheel, accidents are possible.
  • Truck equipment failure: When a truck has faulty or poorly maintained equipment, you and everyone else are at risk. If this happens, the part/truck manufacturer or trucking company may be liable, depending on the situation.
  • Improper loading: Improper loading can result in an unbalanced truck, which can make the truck prone to tipping. In other cases, unsecured loads can fall onto the roadway and put other cars at risk.
  • Improper hiring: If trucking companies fail to properly vet drivers during the hiring process, or outright hire someone they know is a bad driver, they can create a dangerous situation for everyone on the road.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a trucking accident, you should speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Having a skilled lawyer in your corner is always a good idea - especially since trucking accident claims are typically quite complicated since they can often involve multiple parties/companies.

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