Most truck wrecks come from negligence
Because of the high danger of a collision, trucks are regulated for safety.
Some companies and drivers violate these regulations and wrecks occur—often with tragic outcomes.
Common truck accident causes
Driving too many hours
There are strict rules about a driver’s hours on the road and mandated hours of rest. Many drivers bend these rules in order to make delivery deadlines and make more money. Some drivers fudge logbooks and lie to inspectors in an attempt to log more miles.
The legal blood alcohol limit for commercial truck drivers is half the legal limit for other drivers. The sheer size and weight of a tractor trailer make it extremely dangerous when a driver is impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
To save costs, some trucking companies overload their trailers. The extra weight increases braking distance. If loads are not secured properly they can shift and cause drivers to lose control.
Neglecting routine maintenance can cause catastrophic accidents. Trucks are expensive to maintain and can’t make money when they are in the shop. Constant driving under heavy loads stress the rig and can lead to mechanical failures and crashes.
Similar to overloading, high speeds increase stopping distance and make it harder to control the size and weight of a commercial truck.
The Skaug Law tractor trailer collision investigating team has a proven record of uncovering the causes of and responsibility for truck wrecks.
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