There have been an almost unbelievable number of improvements in the world of car safety but unfortunately few of those innovations have been widely implemented into the world of big rigs. California and other states have passed laws to protect both drivers and others on the road, yet there are still thousands of big rig accidents each year.
What’s worse, is that most of these accidents are preventable. The vast majority of semi accidents are preventable by either the driver or the company that employs them. If you have been injured in a truck accident, or have lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident, then we urge you to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for your free legal consultation. You can also read on to find out if you know the five most common causes of truck accidents.
- The truck driver was fatigued
- The driver was aggressive
- The driver was speeding
- The driver was distracted
- Drugs and alcohol
If studies are to be believed, there is no question that drivers working while fatigued is the number one cause of truck accidents. In fact, it is such a serious problem that both state and local government agencies have passed laws limiting how long drivers can be behind the wheel. Unfortunately, these laws do not seem to have done enough.
Truck drivers are on the road for many hours every week and they can become angry or frustrated with other drivers. If they are behind schedule, they can be even more unforgiving of others around them. this can lead to them following too closely, not using turn signals, suddenly changing lanes, weaving in and out of traffic, cutting off other cars, and similar aggressive behaviors.
Speeding is not just a top cause of truck accidents in California, it is a top cause of all vehicle accidents. That said, it is even more dangerous when a truck is driving because of their size and weight. Trucks are also more likely to roll over, thanks to their higher centers of gravity.
Drivers of all vehicles are more connected than ever and are more likely than they should be to use their phone or other devices while driving. This is not just against the law – it is a top cause of accidents across the board. Truck accidents are no exception.
In a perfect world, we could trust that every truck driver is a professional and would never drink or do illegal drugs while driving. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Some truck drivers may be taking legally prescribed medication that can affect their ability to driver safely. Either way, impaired driving is extremely dangerous yet it does happen.
If you have been impacted by a truck accident then you may have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. Find out more by calling The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 and requesting your free legal consultation.