Trucking and Transportation Accidents
In 2017 there were 683 deaths as a result of trucking accidents in the U.S. We know that 64 percent of these crashes occurred during daylight hours according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, with a vast majority of them occurring on dry roads, or in normal weather conditions.
Common Causes of Trucking Accidents:
- Overworked drivers
- Undertrained drivers
- Equipment failure
- Driver fatigue
Overworked Drivers/ Driver Fatigue
Due to high demand and rigorous schedules that must be kept, drivers can find themselves on the road for many hours, at odd times of the day. Being overworked is an extreme hazard that can cause dangerous situations to occur. These situations can result in damage to the driver, other drivers on the road, and damage to equipment. Drivers should be provided proper resting schedules in order to maintain alertness while on the road.
Driving a massive semi-truck can be daunting. It takes immense skill to maneuver vehicles of that size and capacity. Drivers should be properly trained to operate these vehicles in all different types of weather conditions in order to be properly prepared for their day to day jobs. They should be given a working knowledge of how these vehicles maneuver and respond in any weather conditions that might occur.
All commercial vehicles should be kept on a proper maintenance schedule. If trucks are not held to this standard, equipment failure can result in accidents on the road, which could harm the drier or others. It is the employers duty to ensure that all of the trucks in their fleet are held to a strict maintenance schedule.
What can I do if I or a family member is in a trucking accident?
Accidents are stressful and often create hardship for those involved. We recommend that you call an attorney and tell them about the accident. We know how difficult this time can be and offer a free consultation to evaluate your case. During this process it is helpful if you have the following information:
- Location of the accident
- Date and time that the accident occurred
- Road conditions at the time of the accident
- Whether the truck broke down or there was equipment failure
- How you were injured
- Any police reports or names of the investigating officers
- Current location of all vehicles involved